Outcomes: We see a return to placement in less than 20% of our referrals over one year. Case management will conclude with 65% of youth returning to family of origin and 19% to 22% moving to live with extended family or friends of the family. Child Protective Services and other institutions will take less than 10% into custody. We will refer to other support services in the community as the need arises . We also refer to other specialists with a more focused intervention as the youth returns to live with family or extended family.
Youth Participation: We engage students as members of our Safe Place Advisory Board, to give input to the community regarding our outreach activities in our Shelter program. We offer placed-youth and youth volunteers the option to participate as members of the Safe Place Advisory Board, and/or as advisors with our Northern California Family Center Board of Directors. Runaway youth are asked to complete a Evaluation of Mediation and Placement Services on discharge from the program in which they make suggestions about how we might improve our intervention services.
Youth outreach workers, referred by the Office of Education Youth Development Services, circulate flyers, bulk mailings, and stickers and conduct telephone follow-up to inform and gather information from the public about youth services. Some of the youth which we employ from Youth Development Services have become Intake Staff providing intake assistance and are otherwise involved in the delivery of community contact services. One youth, who was in foster placement came into our program and is now conducting Orientation training for potential foster parents.
When feasible, we have youth volunteers at the local high schools disseminate information about the program to students at the schools. We also get youth involved by identifying what the needs are of youth who run away, where they go, the best places to contact them.