Message from the Director – Shawn Black

Welcome to the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services web site. Our association is comprised of 42 “designated” not-for-profit Youth Service Agencies located throughout Oklahoma. A local board of directors governs each Youth Services Agency. Youth Services Agencies are dedicated to providing high quality services to our state’s greatest assets-children, youth and families.

There are five core categories of program services provided by Youth Services Agencies: community development and education, prevention, diversion, behavioral outpatient/rehabilitation services and residential programs. These community based services can include individual and group counseling, mentoring, parenting classes, first offender programs, shelters, community intervention centers, and school based services.

Each Youth Services Agency is required by Oklahoma State law to undergo an annual peer review process. This review process examines areas such as agency operations, agency policy and procedures, board governance, and service delivery. The review is designed to ensure each agency meets standards and provides quality services.

The Oklahoma Association of Youth Services provides each member with information exchange, training, systems analysis and program development. As you explore this site, you will find Youth Services Agency websites, information resources, event announcements, and other valuable information. You will also find a means of forwarding to us your comments or questions.

We are proud to announce that many of our agencies are now recruiting and supporting Oklahoma Bridge Resource Families (Foster Care) throughout Oklahoma. Someone asked me “Why would you want to be a recruit and support foster care homes?” My response was, “Because the children in Oklahoma who need a home need our support!” Everyday throughout Oklahoma, children come to our shelters needing a temporary or permanent home. It would only make sense that we help find and support homes for them to go to. Our goal is to provide the best 24 hour support to the foster care families in our network. Please read about it our new program in the news section and on our foster care page.