**CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES**
Boys and Girls Aid Society Offers Crisis Intervention Services.
Who Needs Crisis Services ?
Youth (through age 17) who are
o Chronically neglected
o Status offenders (truant, violate curfew, etc)
o Chronically acting out
o At risk of entering the juvenile justice system
Parents and guardians who are:
o Experiencing critical, persistent and prolonged problems
with youth for whom they are responsible.
What services are available ?
24 Hour crisis hotline: 654-0025
Counselors are available to assist in sorting out
Short-trem emergency shelter is provided by trained shelter
families if the young person is unable top stay at home
while awaiting crisis mediation
Assisted by a mediator, youth and family are able to discuss,
examine, and make decisions on issues affecting the
How to request crisis services ?
Who can call; for crisis assistance ?
o Juvenile Dept
o Other Agencies
What you can depend on
o Well trained professional counselors
BGAS counselors are selected for their sensitivity to people.
They are trained to provide the concrete advice needed in
crisis situations. They can provide tools that may help
reduce the risk of the crisis recurring.
o Safe, non-judgmental environment
BGAS counselors work to defuse the "emergency factor" and
do not decide who to blame.
A family crisis is a person affair, and will be handled
in strict confidence.
Consider these situations
Its 11 pm and you have just been thrown out of the house
by an angry parent. You don't have a place to stay.
Its 2 am the police have picked you up as a runaway. You feel
it would not be safe to go home at this time.
o Parent or guardian
Its a Saturday evening and a family discussion has turned
into a shouting match. Your daughter is threatening to
run away, she no longer wants to live at home.
Its Christmas eve and your son has refused to comply with
house rules for the umpteenth time. You are at the end
of your rope.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week BGAS trained counselors will help you
focus on the issues and can help recommend options to help deal with
your crisis situation.
########## BGAS NEEDS SHELTER FAMILIES ####################
Foster Parents ***** Shelter Parents
Who can be a Shelter Parent ?
o Those who are responsible, caring, mature people who can provide
a healthy stable environment.
o Those are are married or single, with or without children.
o Those who live in an apartment, house (rented or owned) or a
o Those who work inside or outside of the home.
Who needs shelter care ?
o Young people of all ages who become separated from their
parents for may reasons including:
Abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional)
Neglect or abandonment
Illness or death of a parent
Emotional or behavioral problems
Conflict due to teen pregnancy or parenting
o The children that come into care are from diverse cultural backgrounds,
each with their own special needs.
What does the shelter parent provide ?
o Temporary care for children ranging from overnight to a few months,
until a plan for ongoing care is made.
o "Time Out" for parents and children giving them time to work
o A home for a pregnant or parenting teen and her child(ren) which
gives them a safe place while they are experiencing a
o Food and a safe, caring environment.
o Security, warmth, flexibility, and a sense of humor to troubled youth.
What does the agency provide ?
O Counselers who are available to offer support, guidance, and
information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
o Reimbursement for care.
o Supplemental foodstuffs through the food bank program.
o Ongoing training and support.
CALL BGAS at (503) 222-9661 Today.
My family has found this to be a fulfilling enriching way to
give something back to the community, and to help break the cycle
of child neglect, abuse, abandonment, and pregnancy.
The Boys and Girls Aid Society of Oregon is at
018 SW Boundry Ct
Portland, OR 97201-3985
BGAS is a private non-profit child advocacy agency that has served Oregon's
youth and families since 1855.
Shelter care (foster care) services provide support to all of the agency's
programs. Each year more than 20,000 youth and families receive
information and assistance from the agency.
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