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Diagnostic and Assessment Services

As this service level, we provide care for abused, neglected, runaway and delinquent youth of all ages by removing them from dangerous situations, assessing their needs and beginning to work toward family reunification or other permanent care. These children may be referred by juvenile justice representatives or by child welfare agencies that have removed the children from their homes or have taken responsibility for their well-being. We also accept youth into this short term program who are on runaway or homeless, or at risk of running away. These youth are self-referred or referred by parents, guardians, school officials, or other community stakeholders. The average length of stay for children is 60 days. When children leave, they may move to another Boys Town program, other outside programs or return home to their families.

*In some cases, children return home, if it is safe and in their best interest. A focus of Boys Town’s programs is the reunification of children with their families.