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 organizations.
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 and programs.
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.