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Family Homes

Boys Town Family Home Program SM

Safety, Permanency and Well-Being — Family Engagement Religion and Faith — Behavioral and Medical Research.

The Boys Town Family Home Program provides a family for children ages 10 to 18. Six to eight boys or girls live in each single-family home with a married couple called Family-Teachers ®. Many of these children have serious emotional and behavioral problems. They have not been able to stay in their own family’s home but can function safely in a community setting. Family-Teachers and Assistant Family-Teachers (who help care for youth in Family Homes) provide compassionate, effective care while meeting the daily needs of each child. During their stay, children learn social skills, attend school, participate in extracurricular activities and take part in daily chores and activities as members of their Boys Town family. The ultimate goal is to reunify children with their families, whenever possible. These children come to the program from other Boys Town programs, through referrals by agencies like social services and juvenile justice, or through private placements by parents or other caregivers. The average length of stay is 12 to 18 months. When children leave, they generally return to their families or begin to live on their own (usually working, attending college or joining the military).*