Quality Youth Services works closely with the Utah Department of Human Services: Child and Family Services and the Utah Department of Juvenile Justice. We work hard to improve the lives of the children in our care.
We work for youth and families, and we conscientiously try to do what works for kids the first time. We offer a team approach to focus on the entire system. Programming includes individual, family and group therapy, medication management, psychosocial rehabilitation services, and other skills groups. We also provide mentoring and tracking for the youth in our care.
We apply a systems approach to the youth we work with. We focus on treating the whole person within the system they live when possible.
We provide Foster/Proctor Care and a Transition to Adult Living program for our youth.
STATE OF UTAH
Our proctor parents are caring couples who want to help at-risk youth who are assigned to our program. As a proctor parent, you will work closely with our staff and therapists to give the children in your home the best possible care. We support you as you support the children.
Proctor parents, also referred to as professional parents, are single individuals or married couples who provide care to children placed in their home. Proctor parents provide a home family environment, nutritious meals, companionship, guidance, and physical, social, and emotional care. Proctor care may be short term or for several years depending upon the needs of the child and his/her family.
If you are interested in becoming a proctor parent, we will meet with you and share information about our expectations and answer any questions you may have. You will never be without our support.
In order to assure a safe and stable home for children in foster care, there are some basic qualifications that all families are required to meet:
Foster parents may be legally married couples or single individuals (aged 21 or older). Couples who are not legally married are unable to be licensed. Same-sex couples are included in this requirement.
Foster parents must be US citizens or legal residents.
Foster parents and all persons aged 18 and older in the home must pass background checks.
Foster parents need to be financially stable and able to support their family without assistance from the state.
Foster parents need to be healthy enough to care for children, as determined by their own medical provider.
Foster parents will not be licensed to do both foster care and daycare at the same time.
While foster parents can be homeowners or renters, there are physical aspects of your home that are important. To put it succinctly, your home needs to be clean, in good repair, and free from health and fire hazards. It also needs to have enough room for any children you intend to foster.
Would you like to become a Proctor Parent?
We're happy to walk you through the process of becoming a proctor parent with Quality Youth Services. We will work with the State of Utah to submit your application as part of our determination to see if you qualify.
STATE OF UTAH
The QYS Transition to Adult Living (TAL) program is designed with your young adult in mind. The programming is designed for male and female youth ages 17-21 who are transitioning out of a residential care setting. The youth who work best in the program have a desire to move out on their own or have a desire to continue educational success through the local university or technology school settings. If your youth has shown low motivation, addiction to technology and gaming, or seems to struggle with activities of daily living, then this program may be a great fit.
QYS offers structured apartment settings within licensed foster homes. The youth are required to work through three phases towards successful completion of the program. QYS Transition to Adult Living is a six-month program designed to motivate, teach skills, and help youth see success in independent living settings. We have found that once success is achieved in a structured environment, it is very quickly transferred to an apartment or dorm setting in the community.
QYS offers full on-site and in-home clinical services to assist and support the youth. We have seen that when the adolescents in our program step down from residential environments, they can have psychiatric medication to continue, a wish to complete their therapeutic work, and a desire to have the familiar structure of the previous setting. Our staff is highly trained to monitor for signs of relapse, increased anxiety or depression, fear of moving forward independently, and the act of self-sabotage.
QYS also offers tutoring services to assist in educational pursuits, as well as mentoring groups and classes to help guide the direction of success.