Residential Services are a form of foster care placement for children whose needs cannot be met in a regular foster home setting. They are committed to improving the lives of children and families struggling with emotional and developmental challenges in the home, school, and community. The goal is to work with children and their parents so that families can be reunited, and the children can live successfully in the community at the end of their placement.
Westchester County DSS contracts with various voluntary child care agencies that are certified by New York State, including:
Residential treatment centers
Providing the highest level of care, residential treatment centers usually consist of a campus containing cottages or dormitory-style settings with access to a social worker. The supervised child(ren) attend school and participate in recreational activities on campus. Services include family and individual counseling, substance abuse treatment, and casework counseling.
Smaller and allowing children to have more access to the community, group homes have social workers but the children attend public schools and participate in community based recreational activities.
Therapeutic foster homes
These homes allow the children to attend school in the community and experience a successful family life with foster parents who have specialized training enabling them to deal with special needs children.
Westchester County's Secure Detention Services are provided through a competitive contract with Leake and Watts, Inc. for provision of secure detention and related medical, clinical, educational, food, transportation, cleaning, and security systems services to Juvenile Delinquents (JD) and Juvenile Offenders (JO) youth placed by the police, probation or the Family Court. The program is also an accredited GED testing station. The phone number is (914) 231-1103.
Westchester County's Non-Secure Detention (NSD) services are provided through a competitive contract with The Children's Village Family Court Assistance Program (FCAP) to youth placed by the police, probation or the Family Court pending disposition of Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) or JD matter. While in placement, the youth receive case work services, educational services, health services and recreational services. They also provide evaluations as ordered by the Family Court and aftercare services for eligible youth and their families. The phone number is (914) 693-0600, ext. 1699.
For additional information regarding Residential Services, please call your local social service district office or call the program office at (914) 995-5378.