Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services Programs 

Anger Management for Teens Program

Based on the Options to Anger evidence-based curriculum, this three-week class offers youth ages 10-19 an opportunity to develop better choices in anger management and communication skills.   Referrals are accepted from all areas – probation, schools, parents, self, etc.

Anger Management Registration Forms

Future Anger Management Classes

  • Saturday, August 10   -  9:30am – 12:30pm
  • Saturday, August 24   -  9:30am – 12:30pm
  • Saturday, August 31 -  9:30am – 12:30pm

Community Education and Outreach Program

Display Table for Public OutreachDuring community outreach the Shelter staff meets with youth groups to discuss areas of concern, problems facing youth, or to explain services available through the Shelter. During community education the Shelter staff meets with adult groups to disseminate information on problems facing youth and services available at the Shelter.


Individual, group, and family counseling are available on grounds by a master’s-level certified counselor.  Individual counseling is offered on a daily basis, group one time per week, and family counseling by appointment.

Crisis Intervention

Crisis intervention is provided in person at the Shelter or by telephone 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  Contacts or calls may be from youth or adults concerned about a youth.

Family Education and Support

The program is both a primary and secondary child abuse and neglect prevention program.  Support groups are facilitated for families desiring input and assistance with child rearing questions and situations.  Family education workshops are conducted by a facilitator regarding topics of concern for families.  Case management services are offered to families identified to be at risk for child abuse and/or neglect. This 9-week class is offered Tuesdays at the Clark County Youth Shelter from 6:00-8:00pm and Wednesdays at Hope Southern Indiana from 6:00-8:00pm.

Due to the holiday season, no classes will be held the week of December 25th.

Course Topics Include: 

  • Class 1: Introduction
  • Class 2: Community Resources
  • Class 3: Domestic Violence
  • Class 4: The Active Parent
  • Class 5: Cooperation & Communication
  • Class 6: Responsibility & Discipline
  • Class 7: Building Courage & Self-Esteem
  • Class 8: Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior
  • Class 9: Active Parenting for School Success- Followed by Review and Practice

Family Education and Support Course Registration

Living Out Loud (LOL) Group For Teens

This five week group focuses on five major messages of ‘I Am, I Can, I Have, I Believe, and I Will.’  Based on the evidence based Curriculum Based Support Group is targeted for youth ages 11-17 those current and past behaviors place them at a higher risk for future delinquency and/or health problems. This program focuses on: peer relationships, anger and feelings, substance abuse, healthy choices, and more. These classes are free and meet at the Shelter on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm.

Classes will resume Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Residential Program

Art Project at CCYSFSEmergency and long-term residential services are provided to youth that are referred by are Department of Child Services (due to unsafe home situations) and Probation Departments (due to status offenses). Referrals may also be from parents (due to family conflicts and problems) and by youth (who are runaways, homeless, or facing family conflicts and problems).  Youth referred for residential care may be from any Indiana county.  Youths in residential care must be between the ages of 10 and 19. Residential services include a place to stay, food, clothing, 24 hour supervision, medical and dental care, tutoring, counseling, and recreation.

Additionally, CCYS coordinates medical and dental care, provides tutoring, recreational activities and educational opportunities. Clear cut rules govern conduct and life at CCYS, and residents are expected to help with food preparation and housekeeping. Behavior is monitored on a level system.

Who can be admitted?

Youth between the ages of 10 and 19 who are in need of temporary shelter can be admitted with approval of the Residential Director/Therapist. Youth with current charges or a history of sexual perpetration, violent offenses, or adult offenses are not accepted. CCYS serves youth of any race, creed, or ethnic group.

Who can make referrals?

Youth referred for residential care may be from any Indiana County. Most referrals come from the local Department of Child Services due to unsafe home environments. Some referrals come from Probation due to status offenses. Referrals may also be made by parents who are experiencing severe family conflict or youth who are runaways, homeless, or facing family conflicts.

How is the Residential Program Financed?

The primary source of funds are per diem changes for care, paid by the Department of Child Services. Contributions of money, services, food equipment, and other gifts are vital to the continued success of CCYS.

Safe Place Program

Clark County Youth Shelter - Safe PlaceSafe Place is a crisis intervention program operating in Clark and Floyd counties.  It allows youth that are in unsafe situations a means to obtain help quickly.  Business sites throughout the counties serve as outreach locations, volunteers are dispatched to the business sites to provide transportation services to the Shelter.  Crisis intervention is provided by a social worker.

Shoplifting Prevention Program

This two-week course focuses on learning the feelings and emotions that lead to instances of shoplifting.  Based on the curriculum provided by the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, the free class meets at the Shelter in the shelter.

Shoplifting Prevention Program Application Forms

Future Shoplifting Prevention Classes

  • Saturday, August 10   -  1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Saturday, August 24  -  1:00pm – 3:00pm

Special Thanks to the following for their Support of the Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services, Inc.