Associated Youth Services
Associated Youth Services exists to advance the social, educational, health and overall success of youth and their families.
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Associated Youth Services (AYS) is an organization devoted to serving youth and families through a variety of programs. AYS grew out of the Mennonite Childrens Home founded in the Argentine district of Kansas City, KS in 1912. In 1972, the Mennonite Church closed the orphanage, but helped to establish Argentine Youth Services, run by a non-denominational volunteer board. As our client base grew and shifted, AYS changed its name to Associated Youth Services in 1987. Our mission of giving kids roots to grow and wings to fly has remained constant through the years. Our 2006 move to a location in downtown Kansas City, KS has placed us more centrally to serve our core clientele.
Vision: Associated Youth Services envisions youth and families engaged in community, recognizing life's unlimited opportunities and reaching their full potential.
In October 2008 AYS purchased Kansas MENTOR in order to continue the Juvenile Justice Foster Care program. AYS was the first Kansas child-placing agency to have a a contract with the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA).
Become a Resource (Foster) Parent Today!
AYS is seeking caring adults to care for our foster youth population. If you answer YES to these five questions, then we'd love to talk to you!
1. Do you enjoy working with children and youth?
2. Are you a Kansas resident?
3. Are you at least 21?
4. Do you have a permanent residence (either rented or owned)?
5. Are you willing to work as a team to care for children in need?
To become a resource parent (formerly known as foster parent) in the State of Kansas, an individual must complete required training and meet state guidelines. Please call Jacki Jackson at 913.831.2820, x224 or email her at email@example.com and she will walk you through the process of becoming the difference in a child's life... a foster parent.
You can also contact Callie Remschner, JJFC Program Manager. Callie can be reached at 620.272.0499, x14 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Garden City office is located at 1503 E. Fulton Terrace.