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Lighthouse Foster Care and Adoption
401 E. McMillan
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: (513) 487-6712
Fax: (513) 475-5689

Recruiter: Darla Urban
(513) 487-7135
durban@lys.org

Director: Jami Clarke
jclarke@lys.org

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Foster Care accepts referrals for all level of foster care from HCJFS, Hamilton Choices and surrounding counties.  Foster Care accepts emergency referrals.  All referrals including emergency referrals may be made by calling 513-487-6712.

Admission Criteria:
1) Infant - 18 years old
2) Male or Female, including pregnant or parenting youth

Independent Living Program
401 E. McMillan
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: (513) 221-3350
Fax: (513) 475-5689
Director: Bonita Campbell
bcampbell@lys.org

The Independent Living Program (ILP) provides supervised apartment living for youth who are aging out of foster care or group home services without having suitable or appropriate living arrangements. The program offers an opportunity for youth to live on their own in a program setting that guides and supports them as they grow toward independence.

ILP offers both shared living arrangements – independent apartments in a building with an onsite house manager - and scattered site apartments located throughout the city and surrounding communities.  Participants in the program are expected to continue their education, work or carry out active community service and strive to master essential life skills.

ILP is part of the Lighthouse continuum of care and as such full community based mental health services are available to all youth including diagnostic assessment, pharmacological management, community psychiatric and support treatment and behavioral health counseling and therapy.  Youth in ILP currently in 6th through 12th grades are eligible to attend the Lighthouse Community School. Youth entering ILP from other Lighthouse programs such as foster care or group care continue to receive services from the agency continuum that they were previously enrolled in – thus avoiding the disruption of services so often experienced when placement change occurs.

All participants in ILP must be in the custody of a child welfare agency or the Ohio Department of Youth Services.  This program is not open to the general public.

Referrals should be made by contacting Shahzaade Ali at (513) 487-7145.

Admission Criteria:
1) 16-19 years old
2) Male or Female, including pregnant or parenting youth

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Emancipated Youth Program
401 E. McMillan
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: (513) 221-3350
Fax: (513) 475-5689
Director: Bonita Campbell
bcampbell@lys.org

The Emancipated Youth Program (EYP) provides supervised apartment living and aftercare services for youth 18 and over who have been discharged from Hamilton County Job and Family Services (HCJFS) custody.  EYP is a cooperative program with the HCJFS Aftercare Department. All referrals are made through the HCJFS Aftercare Department.

Admission Criteria:
1) 18 -21 years old
2) Male or Female, including pregnant or parenting youth
3) Previously discharged from HCJFS commitment

Transitional Youth Program
401 E. McMillan
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: (513) 221-3350
Fax: (513) 475-5689
Director: Bonita Campbell
bcampbell@lys.org

The Transitional Youth Program (TYP) provides supervised apartment living for youth with mental health issues who are in need of adult case management services.  This program is provided in partnership with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health which provides all case management services to TYP participants. All referrals to this program are made through the Hamilton County Mental Health Access Point (MHAP).

Admission Criteria:
1) 16-21 years old
2) Male or Female, including pregnant or parenting youth
3) Must have current qualifying mental health diagnosis

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Children in out of home care often miss out on critical opportunities to learn some of life’s most basic lessons – everything from how to make a friend to why those rented bowling shoes are wet.  Lighthouse Youth Services is committed to assessing and training every youth in it’s out of home care programs in the development of individualized basic life skills. Every youth in these programs, 12 years and older, is monitored using the Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment and follows a plan based on this assessment and the learning style of the youth. A number of best practice curricula are used based on the youth’s plan, the setting and the Lighthouse commitment that every child should master life skills necessary to become good citizens who act responsibly and are self-reliant.

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