The DCFS - Division of Youth Services provides free, confidential short term counseling for youth residing in Dutchess County ages 4 up to 21 years. Youth dealing with personal, family, or school difficulties who need help to solve their problems are often referred by the schools, family, law enforcement and others. DCFS - Division of Youth Services provides diversionary probation services for Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS) or youth under age 18 who are referred by schools for truancy. Youth workers provide advocacy to ensure youth rights are respected, referrals to find additional help, education to teach coping skills, and make presentations to community or school groups on youth issues. At Youth Services, individual needs of youth and families provide the basis for everything we do.
Our staff is mobile, so if you can’t make it to one of our offices, a Youth Worker can meet with you at your home or in school, at a park, local library or the corner store. While our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, arrangements can be made for earlier and later appointments if needed.