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Utah Youth Village is pleased to announce that we will soon be opening our new teenage girls moderate mental health / behavioral family home in Salt Lake County. The home will serve girls ages 12 - 18. If you are interested in getting more information or in submitting an application, please contact Lisa Peterson at (801) 272-9980.

In total, Utah Youth Village operates four Family Homes, one for teenage boys, one for latency-aged girls, and two for latency-aged boys. Our homes are located along the Wasatch Front and are staffed with full-time married couples who live in each home.

Youth attend public school, do chores, and work toward graduation. After graduation, most return to their families, or live with a Village foster family. If they are 18, the Village prepares them for self-sufficiency.

We teach the youth in our care how to live in a normal, healthy family environment. They learn to overcome their chaotic backgrounds and to behave appropriately. In the end, their school performance improves, they mature, and they have the skills necessary to succeed at home, in school and on the job.

At a Glance…

  • • Four Family Homes
  • • Six to eight children per home
  • • Children range in age from 6 - 18
  • • 73% of our youth are able to move into less restrictive foster homes, their own homes, adoptive homes, or independent living
  • • School performance improves by an average of two full grades, from D’s to B’s
  • • Child’s maturity level increases by five years in eight months of treatment (as measured by the Nowicki-Strickland Locus-of-Control test.)
  • • Treatment provided by a highly trained married couple with support from licensed clinical staff

Latency Age Homes

In addition to our home for teens, the Village also offers residential treatment services for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 12. These homes are designed to provide treatment for younger children who are too troubled for foster care but need an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization. The only program of its kind in the state, we provide a highly structured, home-like setting that is uniquely suited to this younger population.

Youth Village Academy

The Village provides a fully accredited junior and senior high school for the few Village youth who are unable to attend public school. Instructors are also trained in the Teaching-Family Model so youth receive therapy throughout the day in addition to instruction in core curriculum subjects.

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