The YFT 215 acre campus consists of seven residential units for boys and girls, its State and regionally accredited Secondary School, the Kellar Recreation Center, soccer fields and volleyball courts in Bristow, Virginia only two miles south of the historic city of Manassas, VA.
We group the children by gender, age, diagnosis and functioning level. The residents in each home spend all day together – attending class, eating meals together and participating in activities as a group. Every home reflects the environment of a typical family home -- a living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, showers, a kitchen, laundry room, and an office for residential counselors and house coordinators/parents.
Group counseling, life skills activities, homework and free time all take place in a home’s living room during afternoons and weekends. There is also plenty of outdoor space for grilling out and picnics. Outdoor “ready areas” provide a nice spot for group activities, as well.
Nurses are on campus or on-call 24/7, and pediatricians and a psychiatrist take care of the children’s health care needs.
Safety is a top priority on our campus. Counselors and over-night supervisors closely watch the children at night, conducting room checks every 15 minutes at a minimum. To ensure the safety and well-being of both our kids and staff, we monitor their behavior 24 hours a day through strategically placed cameras in every building.
Volunteers and individual mentors provide children with a welcome break from their daily routines. YFT works closely with a wide variety of volunteer groups who hold relay races for the children, organize fairs, arts and crafts activities, play sports with them, plant trees, watch movies, carve pumpkins, teach the children how to write checks, balance their checkbooks or other important life skills. The young people on our campus often provide supervised community service.
YFT provides the following services to all youth:
- Family Reunification
- 30-day Assessment Program
- Daily Care and Nurturing
- 24-hour awake staff
- Academic and Psychological testing
- Social History
- Medical Care and Dental Care
- Psychiatry & Counseling (Individual and Family)
- Recreation Program
- Transportation Services
- Spiritual Guidance
- Weekly Program Assessments