The Youth Achieving Success program’s ultimate goal is for youth to achieve success
by recognizing their strengths and actualizing a plan to transition successfully into adulthood.

Individualized treatment goals and a plan to achieve these goals will be established via
collaboration between the youth, the family and the counselor.
 How can the agency help?
The Youth Achieving Success Program provides counseling services to underinsured youth ages 9 through 17.FACS staff are trained to use evidence based treatment.
Strength-based, cognitive behavioral interventions will be used to help ensure youth and their families are equipped with the skills necessary to handle the challenges of adolescence.

Do I qualify?
Youth who reside in Union County and are at risk for entering the Juvenile Justice System due to problems with peers, trouble in school and/or family conflict can receive up to 15 free counseling sessions. Medicaid coverage is required.

Do I need a referral?
Referrals need to be made by the youth’s legal guardian or another social service agency with the family’s written consent.

How much does it cost?
Services under this program are covered by Medicaid and grant funding. There is no direct cost to the client.

How do I get started?
Contact Intake at 908-372-1007

Is there anything else you can tell me
about your service?

Services are provided by experienced counselors in one of Family & Children’s
Services Elizabeth office locations. Spanish speaking clinicians are available. Average wait time to start services is approximately one month.
How services helped Maria
Ms. Romero and Mr. Gutierrez requested services for their 14 year old daughter, Maria. They reported she was confrontational, disrespectful, and doing poorly in school. While they did not live together, they both expressed concern about Maria’s behavior. Maria, who lives with her mother, stated that her father had only recently become a part of her life. Although Maria did not wish to attend therapy with her
parents, she agreed that her therapist see her parents at a different time.
In counseling sessions, Maria was able to openly explore her feelings about her father, whom she perceived as having abandoned her when she was a child. As she began to see that her oppositional behavior was related to her anger toward her parents, she learned how to communicate with them and express herself in
an appropriate way. At the same time, her grades began to get better and she was no longer in danger of failing at school. During sessions with her parents, they were
able to recognize the mixed messages they sent to Maria, and how important it was for them to respond to her in a consistent yet supportive manner. They started working together and came to an agreement about how to respond to
Maria’s negative behaviors. In time, Maria became less defiant toward them and her
grades improved. In addition, she became involved in after-school activities and developed goals for her future. Maria and her parents were able to change their
relationships with one another by learning how to communicate better with each other. Maria gained an understanding of her own behavior and how it affected her relationships with family and peers. She was now able to focus on her interests and goals, achieve success in school and feel good about herself.

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