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Campus Residential – Providing a Safe Haven

Our Campus Residential Program provides short term (6 to 9 months) stabilization for abused and at-risk boys and girls who typically come to us after numerous unsuccessful placements in the foster care system. We provide a structured, secure and therapeutic environment 24 hours a day as youth work towards permanent placements.

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We have two cottages on campus that can serve a total of 36 boys, and one cottage that can serve up to 10 girls. These cottages are structured to mimic a family-like home environment. Our staff and residents eat all meals together over a shared table in a dining room. The residents have their own rooms, or share rooms when appropriate. For many, this is the most stable family experience they have ever had.

At Boys and Girls Haven, we believe there is no such thing as a bad child; there are only behaviors that have developed in response to years of abuse, neglect and mistreatment. Our staff teach appropriate behaviors and utilize a trauma-informed approach.  We strive to help children heal by offering a structured but nurturing environment. Our approach is effective – we are known statewide for our success with the hardest to place kids.

If you have any questions about our Residential Program, contact Cara Murray, Referral/Intake Coordinator, at cmurray@boyshaven.org.


Campus Education Programs – Teaching Values and Skills

We have a Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) located on our 2301 Goldsmith Lane Campus. In addition to traditional middle school and high school curricula, the school emphasizes social skills and remedial instruction for students needing special education.

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By the time many of our kids come to us, they are on average 2 years behind their peers academically. Our campus school features an accelerated, intensive curriculum designed to bring students up to speed so they can rejoin their peers in a community school. We are a member of the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children(KECSAC) and we have 3 full-time teachers from  the Jefferson County Public School system. Boys and Girls Haven provides Educational Youth Counselors to assist in class with therapy as needed. With a library on campus and state of the art technology like smart boards and computers in our classrooms, we are able to make sure our students advance towards their educational goals.

Our approach is working – in 2012 two of our kids received awards for their academic success. One was recognized as an Outstanding High School Senior through the Office of the Mayor and one was awarded the KECSAC Student of the Year Award, along with a scholarship to apply towards a college or technical program of his choice.

If you have any questions, contact Danielle Wakaba, Education Supervisor dwakaba@boyshaven.org.


Haven Family Services – Protecting At-Risk Children

At Boys and Girls Haven we recognize that the only way to be 100% successful in our work is to prevent children from being removed from their homes and becoming wards of the state. With this goal in mind, our Haven Family Services program provides intensive, in-home therapy, case management and medication management services for children and adolescents up to age 21 who are at risk of being hospitalized or placed in out-of-home care due to status offenses (truancy, beyond control, habitual runaway) and mental health issues.

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We work collaboratively with the Department for Community Based Services, Department of Juvenile Justice and other community partners to assist families in accessing needed services, resources and natural supports. We offer a diverse team of licensed therapists and experienced case managers that have helped many clients become stable and successful.  Services are provided in our clients’ homes as well as in our outpatient office located at 3415 Bardstown Road.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact Cara Murray, Referral/Intake Coordinator cmurray@boyshaven.org.


Pre-Independent Living – Preparing Teens for Adulthood

One of our greatest needs today is to provide support to children aging out of the foster care system. Many have little to no family support and find themselves completely on their own when they turn 18. Our Pre-Independent Living program is designed to make this transition to independence a success.

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Our Pre-Independent Living program provides weekly therapy, case management, intensive independent living skills training and 24/7 supervision. The program emphasizes education and vocational training while preparing youth for true independence. All of the young adults enrolled in this program are either in school or working, and often they are doing both. Currently, we can serve up to 17 young men in the program.

For more information on our Pre-Independent Living program, contact Nicole Crenshaw, Program Manager, at ncrenshaw@boyshaven.org.


Independent Living Programs – Apartments throughout Louisville and Salt River Trail Region

Our goal is always to create healthy, self-sustaining adults. Our Independent Living Programs functions as a last stop on the road to independence.

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With less supervision than our Pre-Independent Living program, young adults enrolled in our Independent Living Program live on their own in apartments. We provide intensive case management, counseling, mentoring, life skills training, education, job training, and job placement services.  In essence, we are the extended family support that these kids do not have.  Services are provided in Louisville and Elizabethtown, KY.

For more information on our IL program, please contact Cara Murray, Referral/Intake Coordinator, at cmurray@boyshaven.org.


Equine and Vocational Programs

The Equine Vocational Training Program provides both therapy and vocational training for at-risk youth and young adults. Our barn on campus was built by the program’s inaugural group of students and now serves as a working classroom.

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The program is organized into three phases. Students begin in phase one which focuses on using horses for therapy and teaching basic job skills. Once students have mastered basic job skills, they are free to move on to phase two, which pairs them with internships and skill-building opportunities. Students finish the program in phase three which focuses on securing and maintaining a job in the community.

For more information, contact Jeanette Stratton, Program Manager jstratton@boyshaven.org or contact Cara Murray, Referral/Intake Coordinator cmurray@boyshaven.org.


Therapeutic Foster Care Program – Promoting a Home like Setting

Our Therapeutic Foster Care Program provides youth with safe, secure environments in which they can successfully overcome past disappointments and disruptions. Our foster parents receive around the clock support from a team of professionals and are trained on how to respond to the specific needs of children with a history of abuse or neglect.

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 It’s true that there’s no place like home and for many of our kids a safe, loving foster home is the closest they’ve ever come to having one.  To ensure that our placements are successful, we provide extensive training and ongoing support for our foster parents. We recognize how difficult parenting under normal circumstances can be – parenting a foster child who has been abused presents a whole new set of challenges. Our program provides therapeutic foster families with the skills and support they need to succeed.

We are always looking for new foster families. If you would like to open your heart and home to a child in need, please click on “Get Involved” and complete our form. If you have any questions about the program, contact Tamara Brown, Program Manager, at tbrown@boyshaven.org


Youth Mentoring – Coaching Kids in Need

When we look at our success stories, they all have one thing in common – every successful child has had a positive relationship with an adult who is not staff or family. Our Mentoring Program pairs adult mentors of all ages with young men and women ages 15-21. Recruited from various business associations and church groups, mentors are screened, trained and supervised by Boys and Girls Haven staff.

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We are always looking for special people with big hearts who want to share some of their time with our kids. Click our “Get Involved” button to sign up to become a mentor at Boys and Girls Haven!

If you have any questions about the program, or would like to volunteer, contact Jeanette Stratton jstratton@boyshaven.org.


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