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Unifying Elements

All life-changing care offered in the Continuum is consistently effective because it's based on the research-proven Boys Town Model ®. As children and families make progress (or fail to make progress) at one level, they move to other levels that better fit their needs without starting over in their care.

Services at the top of the Continuum provide intensive care to children with serious emotional or behavioral problems. Children receive these services outside of their homes, but family reunification is always the ultimate goal. Services at the bottom of the Continuum help families stay together through training, counseling and other measures available to any family.

Fundamental Values

A set of fundamental values inspires the Continuum. These unifying elements enable Boys Town to provide effective care and learn valuable social skills:

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

Safety, Permanency and Well-Being

  • Children and families must be safe and feel safe in any care setting.
  • Goals include helping children and families get better so they can live in a safe, stable, and permanent home setting.
  • Helping children and families make positive changes can ensure their present and future well-being.

Family Engagement

In any program, families are active, essential members of their children's care team, partnering with Boys Town to plan and develop strategies that best meet the children's needs.

Religion and Faith

Religion and faith give children and families a foundation of strength for overcoming difficult issues and problems.

Behavioral and Medical Research

Ongoing, leading-edge research helps develop new programs, measures the effectiveness of Boys Town's life-changing care , confirms what's working and what's not, and identifies when changes are needed.

The need for care is great. Boys Town is meeting that need by offering our Integrated Continuum of Care SM at sites across the country as an alternative to the nation's fragmented and overburdened child and family care system.