Children, Youth, and Young Adults
Department of Community and Human Services
About the Division
The Children, Youth and Young Adults Division (CYYAD) focuses on early intervention, prevention and promotion for children and youth ages 5-24; justice system alternatives; and youth education and employment. The division is home to several youth and young adult programs as well as the Best Starts for Kids initiative.
BSK is considered the most comprehensive approach to child development in the nation. Best Starts for Kids invests an average of $65 million per year to support King County families and children so that babies are born healthy, children thrive, and young people grow into happy, healthy adults.
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Youth and Family Services Association
Contracted community-based agencies provide a range of counseling and youth development services that seek to help young people develop healthier lives and futures. Agencies work with youth and/or their family to promote positive youth development and to reduce high-risk behaviors.
- Prevent youth from entering or re-entering the justice system
- Reduce the disproportional number of youth of color in the juvenile justice system
Each agency is connected to one of the 19 school districts in King County. Services vary by agency and may include:
- Juvenile justice prevention and intervention resources
- Youth development
- Case canagement
North King County and Seattle:
- NAVOS - Substance Abuse Treatment and Proud Out Wonderful
- Northshore - 425-485-6541
- Pioneer Human Services - Spruce Street
- Southwest Youth and Family Services
- Southeast Youth and Family Services
- Therapeutic Health Services - Youth Development
East King County:
South King County:
- Auburn Youth Resources
- Kent Youth and Family Services
- Maple Valley Community Center - Datewise Youth Program
- Renton Area Youth Services - RAYS Up
- Valley Cities Counseling - Girl's Circle
- Vashon Youth and Family Services
Juvenile Justice Initiative
The providers below have specific programs to serve youth involved or at-risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Please contact one of the following providers to enroll a youth into a program:
New Family Services
The program provides education and employment support to young mothers/families enrolled in King County Public Health’s Nurse Family Partnership program. King County Department of Community Human Services staff provide education, training, information/referral and employment services. Public Health staff provide child development and family planning services.
To learn more about the program, contact Shereese Braun at Shereese.Braun@kingcounty.govor 206-477-4388