All Youth Assistance counseling and referral services are offered to Waterford residents for a one time $25 processing fee. The participation of youth and their family is voluntary. Parental permission is required.
Youth Assistance contact with referral sources are limited to gathering general information and reporting on whether the youth is responding to services. All caseworkers are mandated reporters.
The Youth Assistance Caseworker initially meets with youth and their families to explore the issues responsible for the referral. The caseworker may consult school personnel, review records, or talk with other involved professionals. The assessment is crucial to developing an appropriate treatment plan.
WYA receives client referrals from parents, police and the Waterford School District. Recent trends show that alcohol and drug related referrals remain high. School truancy referrals are escalating. Phone misuse/sexting is increasing due to social media and electronics.
Parent Referrals: home incorrigibility, home truancy, prevention services
Police Referrals: alcohol/drug related, assault & battery, home truancy, home incorrigibility, larceny, malicious destruction of property M.D.O.P (vandalism), municipal ordinance, violation (curfew), retail and credit card fraud, phone misuse/sexting
School Referrals: school truancy or educational neglect, school incorrigibility, prevention services (short-term counseling)
Staff provides short-term counseling to young people and families in need of supportive counseling and behavior monitoring, when other services may be beyond the family's resources. Participating families may also choose to participate in Youth Assistance community programs, such as Family Education, Camp, and Recreation Programs.
REFERRAL TO OTHER SERVICES
In certain instances, the referral problem is a symptom of underlying difficulties of a more complex or long-term nature. In such cases, Waterford Youth Assistance has contacts with an array of services in the surrounding community and can facilitate a referral to an agency that can provide long-term care.
If you believe your child may benefit from services please download, fill out and send in the referral form below.