We are determined to do whatever it takes to provide young people
with a chance at a healthy, productive and self-sufficient life.
It is our unwavering commitment, both in theory and
practice, to the sustainable success of our young clients
and their families that separates us from other, similar
How we work
Data Driven. We incorporate nationally
recognized models and evidence-based interventions
within our programs. Programs are based not only on outcome
research but also on the experience of the clinician and on the
preferences and assumptions of a client and his or her family.
By using this data, we increase positive outcomes for
youth and families.
Family Centered. Family-centered practice
means that we work with the family as the primary focus of
attention, support and intervention, promoting the safety,
well-being and permanent connections between family members,
including children identified as needing specific care and
attention. Caregivers and siblings receive services in
accordance with the needs of the family and the wishes of a
family-driven team. Unbiased information is shared with
families on a continual basis in order to support their need
and ability to make decisions with adequate information. True
family/professional collaboration is sought, not just
coordination, recognizing that the family should always be the
constant in a child’s life.
Strength-Based. The primary purpose of
family-centered practice is to strengthen the family’s
potential for carrying out their responsibilities by focusing
on family strengths, not on problems or deficits. These
strengths are also leveraged to address challenges and needs
identified by the family.
Family Participation, Voice, and Choice.
Families have voice and choice in the development and
implementation of their child and family plan. Families are
recognized as knowing themselves better than anyone and are
encouraged to use their expert knowledge throughout decision
and goal-making processes. We provide individualized,
culturally-responsive, and relevant services for each family.
In addition, we involve families in creating agency policies
Community-Based. Family-centered interventions
assist in mobilizing resources to maximize communication,
shared planning, and collaboration among community and/or
neighborhood systems that are directly involved with the
family. Planning and services occur in communities where
families live. Families are encouraged to engage in family to
family support and networking. Institutional settings are seen
as temporary resources, not long-term “placements.”
Outcome Driven Services. Stanford Youth
Solutions examines and evaluates program implementation
and family centered outcomes achieved through the use of
scientific research and analysis. We adopt new methods (and
abandon others) in accordance with research findings and family
centered practice principles and approaches.
Individualized Services. Planning and services
are individualized. The plans -including the strengths, the
needs, the options, the strategies, and the plan- are developed
by unique teams comprised of children and families.
Child and Family Teams Driven. Planning and
services are team-driven. Each family’s plan is developed by a
unique child and family team with oversight and facilitation
from a trained professional.
Needs Driven Services. Services provided are
inspired by the prioritized needs of the families served,
across all life-domains, not the categories determined by
others. Planning and services are comprehensive.
Unconditional Care and Regard. Planning,
support and intervention occurs in an environment of
unconditional acceptance. As individual and family needs
change, the plans, strategies, and services change. Length of
service is based on clinical need as determined by treatment
team members in collaboration with the child/youth/family and
ACCESS Team authorization.
Culturally Competent. Planning and services
are grounded in the family’s culture, values and norms. Staff
members strive to become educated and sensitive to the unique
culture of each family.