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Youth For Tomorrow Expands Services to Youth and Families

January 3, 2017

Bristow, Virginia, November 21, 2016—Youth For Tomorrow (YFT), which has served children, adolescents and families in crisis throughout the State of Virginia and across the nation since 1986, has acquired Fairfax County-based Adolescent and Family Growth Center (AFGC). Dr. Gary L. Jones, CEO of Youth For Tomorrow remarks, “With this acquisition, YFT adds a vital component to its current continuum of diverse services to children and families in crisis which will now include foster care, therapeutic foster care and expanded services for Intensive In-Home Counseling. These services will now be offered through our new Fairfax Co. office located on 6800 Backlick Road in Springfield. ”

YFT began expanding its program in 2003 by providing services to girls to supplement its program for boys. Subsequently, YFT launched a Mommy and Me Program in 2007 and its program for sex-trafficked girls in 2009. In 2012 YFT began its Behavioral Health Services Program serving children and families in crises throughout Prince William County. Youth For Tomorrow served 7,844 children and families in 2016.

AFGC is a mental health and human services provider of treatment foster care, intensive in-home and outpatient counseling services. Nationally accredited, AFGC has been providing high quality treatment to children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families in Northern Virginia since 1997.

Youth For Tomorrow, based in Prince William County, is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), as is AFGC. YFT is a behavioral health services organization, and its onsite school is accredited by AdvancEd. YFT’s current services include a residential treatment center, educational services, outpatient and psychiatric services, intensive in-home, therapeutic day treatment and mentoring services. The residential program serves adolescent males and females, pregnant and parenting teens, and victims of human trafficking.

AFGC’s current Executive Director Jermaine Johnson and many members of the AFGC professional staff will join Youth For Tomorrow. AFGC’s professional staff members come with a variety of professional backgrounds, including social work, marriage and family therapy and counseling. Mr. Johnson will remain in his capacity as Executive Director to ensure the continuity of care for AFGC’s current clients.

Mr. Johnson is a licensed therapist who holds a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University, and an M.S. in Human Development with concentration on Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. He has been with AFGC for 17 years and has more than 23 years of experience working with children, adults and families. Jermaine previously served in psychiatric residential treatment programs, residential treatment settings, and juvenile correction institutions. He has served on the Executive Committee for the Association of Virginia Licensed Child Placing Agencies; on the Virginia Coalition of Private Providers Association Executive Committee; as the Family Focused Treatment Association’s Virginia Chapter Chair and as the Family Focused Treatment Association’s State Legislative Liaison. Mr. Johnson currently serves as the Northern Virginia Coalition of Associations’ Chair; is a member of the Manassas Park Community Policy and Management Team and sits on the Family Focused Treatment Association’s Board of Directors.

The YFT and AFGC leadership team believes this union will expand and enhance the quality and array of treatment services and programs available to Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth’s children and families in need.

For further information please contact Dr. Courtney Gaskins, Vice President of Program Services at 703/396-7192 email CGaskins@yftva.com, or Jermaine Johnson at 703-425-9200 x228 or email at JJohnson@yftva.com.