CARE Model

A trauma-informed, developmentally-focused practice model that keeps relationships at the center.
Hoyleton Youth & Family Services is one of only 14 CARE certified agencies in the United States, and the only one serving youth in the Midwest. CARE certification is granted to social services agencies, by Cornell University, who meet the Residential Child Care Project's Highest Standards for Implementation of the Child and Residential Experiences (CARE) Program Model. CARE is a trauma-informed practice model based on six core principles that create successful outcomes for children and families. The aim of CARE is to bring our current practice closer to well-researched best practices with children and families impacted by trauma. The CARE model is recognized as our agency compass, it guides our interactions with youth, families and staff as well as our policies, procedures and decision making.

CARE principles include:

  • Developmentally Focused
  • Family Involved
  • Relationship Based
  • Competence Centered
  • Trauma Informed
  • Ecologically Oriented

The CARE model is designed to profoundly influence the way professionals think about working with children and adults who need our services. The aim of CARE is to bring our current practices closer to well-researched best practices in residential and foster care.  This helps achieve congruence between all levels of staff in order to improve how the agency works as a whole.

This in turn, leads to better outcomes for the families and children that we serve. 

Group photo of children living under the CARE model


To understand how CARE is applied within our programs, please learn more about our Foster Care and Therapeutic Residential Care programs.

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