Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is Boys Town?

    Boys Town is one of the largest child and family care organizations in the United States. We have been serving children and families since 1917. Our programs help children who are placed outside their homes, work with families in their own homes and provide resources and support to children and parents in their communities.

  • What is the Family Home Program?

    The Family Home Program provides family-style care for children in a home run by a professionally trained married couple called Family-Teachers. Six to eight youth of the same gender live in each Family Home. The Family-Teachers are responsible for meeting the daily needs of their youth and teaching them social, academic and independent-living skills. Family-Teachers receive 24/7 support from a Consultant.

  • What is a Family Home like?

    The Family Home where your child will be living can accommodate six to eight children. It is a single-family home with a large kitchen, laundry room, living room, dining room, recreational space, bedrooms and bathrooms. Your child may share a bedroom with a roommate. He or she will have private space in the bedroom that can be decorated and personalized.

  • What does a "typical" day look like?

    Your child will attend school, participate in school-based activities, eat meals with the Family-Teachers and other youth, and complete chores and homework. Family-Teachers will monitor the behaviors, all while consistently teaching new skills. Also, weekends are structured but every Family Home makes a point to participate in activities together, spend time being active and enjoy recreation time. All the kids who come to Boys Town will be able to attend religious services.

  • How do I know my child will be safe?

    The safety of your child is our number one priority. Boys Town has numerous practices in place to monitor and ensure the safety of all youth, in fact, we even have our own police department. Every child in our care is encouraged to talk to a trusted adult at Boys Town anytime he or she feels unsafe, and we have an ethics line they can call if they feel they can’t get their needs met. We also encourage you, as a parent, to talk to Boys Town staff anytime you have a concern.

  • What is my role as a parent?

    As a parent, you know your child best, and your involvement is critical. You will be working with your child’s Family-Teachers as part of a team to help support your child’s Service Plan. This plan lays out the best course of action to help your child and provides the consistency that is vital to his or her success. We encourage you to participate in activities that involve your child, including team meetings, extracurricular activities, school events and others.

  • What is the admissions process?

    The admissions process begins when a legal guardian makes a referral by completing and submitting an application. Along with an application, we will need a recent clinical assessment or evaluation, an IQ assessment, a social history, necessary legal documentation, medical records and school transcripts.

    After review of the submitted information, a determination will be made if the child will participate in an interview with an admissions representative. This interview is conducted either in person or by phone depending on location.

    If a child qualifies for placement, the legal guardian must complete some additional documentation. Boys Town sends the required forms to the parent or guardian upon the child’s qualification for placement.

    Once the final admissions requirements have been met, the guardian will be contacted to schedule an admission date for the child’s arrival at Boys Town.

  • How do I get started?

    To get a referral started you will need to submit the following information:

    1. Clinical assessment or evaluation, an IQ assessment and a social history. These often can be obtained from the child’s school or a therapist. If there is difficulty getting these, let us know and we can assist you.
    2. School grades, transcripts, behavioral information, and Individual Education Programs.
    3. Current (within the last year) physical examination and immunization records.
  • Where can I get an application?

    You can download an application here. We can also send you this application through email, mail, or fax. Please call 1-800-989-0000 to get an application sent to you today.

  • How long does the admissions process take?

    Once the admissions department has received the admission forms, along with all necessary documents, an Admission Service Representative will be assigned to you. The Admission Service Representative assigned to you will take approximately 5-7 business days to review your child’s information and determine if the needs of the child can best be served in our program.

  • If my child is accepted, how will they get to Boys Town on the day of admission?

    Transportation for admission is the responsibility of the family if the child is privately placed or the agency if they are the entity contracting with Boys Town for the child’s placement.

  • What will happen on admission day?

    On the day your child is admitted to Boys Town, you and your child will meet together with Boys Town staff and others. This will give you an opportunity to meet the Family-Teachers your child will be living with. The members of the team that will be caring for your child will discuss you and your child’s strengths, as well as the reasons for placement at Boys Town. We value your input in setting goals for both your child and family while at Boys Town. Your input is important! We want you to feel comfortable sharing information so the Family-Teachers can get to know your child and your family. These meetings typically last 1 ½ to 2 hours.

  • How much does your program cost?

    To determine financial responsibility ​​please submit a completed application.

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