Children, Youth and Families Counseling



Children, Youth and Families Counseling

Our family-centered programs serve children and youth who have a severe emotional disturbance, have been adjudicated by the juvenile court, or are at risk of being placed out of the community due to behavioral problems. Our mission is to help children and youth change their lives so that they will make decisions in the best interests of their future and wellbeing. We use a Wraparound Approach to create a plan of care that is tailored and well-suited for each child or youth we serve. We partner with the young person’s family and engage the agencies and support services needed to help the child or youth succeed.


  • Clinical services for children and youth with serious emotional disorders and their families
  • Juvenile justice services for adjudicated and at-risk youth
  • Wraparound Services engage the family, service providers and others in a process of coordinated care to meet the youth’s needs and maintain the youth in the community
  • Cornerstone program or Transition Age Youth Project (TAYP) is a promising new initiative to help young people with serious mental illnesses integrate into their communities and lead productive lives as they transition to adulthood
  • Family Alliance for Change is a parent led non-profit organization located in southwest Detroit supporting Wayne County families
  • Youth United is youth-led initiative that promotes youth voice, youth participation and youth partnership by using positive youth development values and philosophy
  • Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) provides home-based clinical services to pregnant women and families with children birth to six years old.

We have a proven reputation for client-focused, innovative solutions to complex and challenging psychological, family and social issues. Our experienced and highly trained staff can address and help resolve the significant behavioral health issues facing children, youth and families. Our approach is comprehensive, integrated and proactive. We can provide you the best resources and practices to reach your goals. Our aim is to understand your needs and to exceed your expectations by working with you and others who care about you.


Children, Youth, and Family Services programs served 1000 consumers in 2016

57% of consumers achieved meaningful levels of functional improvement; Consumers achieved 61% of their goals for intervention

Provided 580 children individual and family counseling in 2013
Based on CAFAS indicators, overall client function is improving across all programs
Early Childhood Mental Health served 57 families and 78% of them made good progress on their goals
Developmental Disabilities Services program served 91 families in 2013
Serious Emotional Disturbances Waiver (SEDW) program served 19 children and youth; two adoptions were finalized, one child was reunited with birth parent, and three families completed the program
Served 67 youth in Cornerstone program that helps youth transition to adulthood; 64% improved in their personal therapeutic goals
Regarded as a leader in the Wraparound model and provided Wraparound services to 105 youth; 14 of those families graduated from the program in 2013
Juvenile justice program served 262 youth referred by juvenile court in 2013
Children made significant gains in functioning at home, school and the community; and had significant decreases in depression and self-harmful behavior
68% families in counseling achieve their self-defined goals


Children, Youth and Families (CYF) is located at 5716 Michigan Avenue, Detroit 48210. For more information about CYF programs, call 313.963.2266. You may also email us about our juvenile justice programs or email us about our cilinical services.


Easter egg event draws big turnout

April 21st, 2019

About 350 kids and their parents attended our Easter egg event sponsored by Family Alliance for Change (FAFC) and the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority….

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