Welcome to Madison Youth and Family Services
Madison Youth and Family Services is an agency established in 1983 by the Town of Madison. It is charged with the development and delivery of a range of services for the young people of Madison and their families.
MISSION: The agency exists to foster the healthy development of the children of Madison and their families through progressive programs that offer prevention, community coordination and treatment services.
Detailed information on all of Madison Youth & Family Programs is located on the Services & Programs Section of this website.
Madison Youth and Family Services' Peer Advocates is a program for high school age youth who are interested in helping their peers. The training sessions facilitate self-awareness, understanding, communication skills, and knowledge of resources relating to young people.
The Fall cycle of 13 training sessions will begin in October and will end in late January. Any Madison youth in grades 10-12 is eligible to participate in the Fall training cycle. Applications will be available beginning August 27, 2014 at Madison Youth & Family Services at 10 School Street, and at Daniel Hand High School's Guidance Office. Applications must be returned by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 11,2014 to either location. For more information, contact Taffy Bowes at Madison Youth & Family Services (203-245-5657).
Camp Scholarships Available for Madison Children
Through the generosity of Madison Community Services, Madison Foundation's Neighbor to Neighbor Program and the Exchange Club, we have been able to help with summer fun for children in Madison ages 5 to 15. Each family must meet with Wendy Larson, Social Services' Coordinator (203-245-5655) to verify their financial situation prior to being awarded a scholarship to a camp of their choosing.
There are several camps to choose from like Madison Arts Barn, Dustin's Place, Madison Beach and Recreation, Camp Hazen, Bushy Hill, Camp Connri, Channel 8 Kids Camp, to name just a few. You may also search the web at www.ctcamps.org for other camps available in Connecticut. All funds are on a first come first serve basis until the funding has run out. So please don't wait.
“REACH OUT” is a welcome/orientation program created and energized by Madison Youth & Family Services’ Peer Advocates in collaboration with the Daniel Hand High School Department of Guidance and Counseling. “REACH OUT” is a student-to-student project conceived of and organized to ease the transition to a new school for students coming to DHHS from other towns, other schools and other school systems.
This year’s “REACH OUT” consists of six New Student/Peer Advocate meetings held in August, September, and October. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, August 22 from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Town Hall. The second before-school-opens event will be held on Monday, August 25 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Daniel Hand High School and will include tours of the school. A meeting just for 9th graders will take place at DHHS from 4-5 p.m. following Freshman Orientation. Students entering DHHS from other school systems are invited and encouraged to participate in “Reach Out”.
For information about the program, please call Taffy Bowes at Madison Youth & Family Services, (203) 245-5645 or (203) 245-5657.
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Your community and your state have been very busy trying to bring more essential services to our citizens in need. Please feel free to contact either Heather Castrilli or Wendy Larson for details on the many other state and local assistance programs not listed. Including food stamps, health insurance, Medicare, Medicare Part D, if you or someone you know is in need please give us a call we are here to help.