The Centers for Youth and Families provides age-appropriate comprehensive, trauma-focused care for children ages 0-26.
Since 1884, we’ve grown from serving only a few to serving thousands of children and families each year. Our programs address typical family issues and concerns that today’s families encounter along with serving specific areas such as emotionally challenged or at-risk youth, runaway and homeless youth, pregnant and parenting teens, Hispanic young parents, therapeutic foster families and health and wellness programs for families and senior adults.
Our mission is to provide specialized prevention, intervention and treatment services that promote emotional and social wellness for children and families of Arkansas.
• Welcome Bags ($50) are given to each child admitted to Residential Treatment to ease their transition and provide comfort items such as stuffed animals, books, and activities.
• Gifts of $50-$1,200 provide scholarships and underwrite Parenting Classes. Courses focus on day-to-day challenges of parenting to specific skills for parenting children with behavioral needs.
• Current capital needs include improvements to provide a homelike environment for the Youth Emergency Shelter and renovations of the Larry Wacschka Children’s Unit.
Fundraisers and Events
• 26th Annual Centers’ Classic Golf Tournament, Pleasant Valley Country Club, Monday, Oct. 10. Tee Times: 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
• EVOLVE, Statehouse Convention Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Hero of Hope: Ellon Cockrill
• Family Fun Fest, Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park, Summer 2017
CEO and President:
Service area: Little Rock, central Arkansas, Monticello
5800 W. 10th Street, Suite 402
Little Rock, AR 72204
Board of Directors
Mark Allison, Chairman
Chad May, Vice Chairman
Matt Suffern, Secretary
John Neumeier, Treasurer
Jo Evelyn Elston
Board of Trustees
Greg Hatcher, Chairman
Brandon Rogers, Vice Chairman
Tommy Clements, Treasurer/ Secretary
Rush F. Harding IV
Vickie Hendrix Siebenmorgen
Dudley Shollmier Jr.
Chris Shenep, Executive Director