• Family and Youth Services Bureau

    Helping the Most Vulnerable Get the Support They Need

    Created as division of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) exists to promote the safety, stability, and well-being of those who have experienced or witnessed violence, neglect, or trauma. 

    FYSB programs help young people through Positive Youth Development— the idea that positive influences in the community, home, and school prevent kids and teens from making poor choices. By encouraging positive influences and change, FYSB helps them through difficult times, and prepares them for success in college, work, and life.

    Two FYSB divisions, Adolescent Development and Support and Family Violence Prevention and Services, focus on shelter, community services, and prevention programs for children, youth, adults, and families. FYSB also supports a nationwide crisis hotline for runaway youth and victims of domestic violence.

    Adolescent Development and Support
    Each year, thousands of young people find themselves with no place to live. Some have run away from home. Others have been forced to leave. Some are part of families that became homeless. FYSB’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program supports these young people with outreaches, emergency shelters, transitional living, and maternity group-homes. The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program is a comprehensive program dealing with sex education, adulthood preparation, and abstinence, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. 

    Family Violence Protection and Services
    Through its Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, FSVB serves as the primary federal government funding stream for supporting emergency shelters and other assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

    Students in the College of Public Service—especially those in the early childhood development and human services degree programs—are urged to visit the FYSB website to learn more.

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