Emergency Foster Care
Department of Youth Services
The Dedicated Bail Foster Care program is available for youth referred by the DYS Central Region Reception Center who are pre-trial detainees at low risk for failure to appear. Youth are placed in specialty foster homes as an alternative to juvenile detention. The program is designed for 1) youth who have been charged but not convicted of a low level offense, and/or 2) youth who are not committed to DYS but are court-involved.
Committed Youth Program
Committed Youth Respite (CYR) is an alternative to detention available for youth ages 7 through 17 living in Worcester County who have been committed to DYS. CYR is not meant to punish youth or to provide treatment. The use of CYR assures that DYS committed youth who have signed a Grant of Conditional Liberty who, through no fault of their own, need respite from their current living situation and who do not require secure care are able to be supervised in a home setting.