​​​Family Homes

Boys Town Family Homes teach positive social skills to help troubled youth success in life.

​Having children live in a family-style ​​residential​ home that is part of a beautiful community is only part of Boys Town’s approach to helping boys and girls get a fresh start in life.

The Boys Town Family Home Program℠ is at the heart of our efforts to guide children toward success in school, with their families and in life. With a focus on teaching social and independent-living skills and building healthy relationships, our program gives youth a solid behavioral, emotional, social, educational and spiritual foundation that helps them grow and thrive.

Each child lives in a family-style home and receives structured guidance and care from professionally trained, live-in married couples called Family-Teachers, who are the primary caregivers. Six to eight boys or girls, ages 10 to 18, live in each home. The Family-Teaching couple and a full-time Assistant Family-Teacher are responsible for providing structured 24-hour supervision for youth in their daily living and care activities.

On a typical day at Boys Town, your child will attend year-round school, participate in school-based activities, eat meals with the Family-Teachers and other youth and complete chores and homework. Family-Teachers monitor the behaviors of all their youth and communicate with teachers and parents on school progress and behaviors. Learn about our Residential Treatment Center for more severe behaviors.

As children get used to living in a Family Home, they develop a sense of belonging and pride in being a member of the Boys Town community. While Boys Town is only their temporary home until their care needs are met, this close connection with their Boys Town “family” contributes to their care plan and is another important family-oriented factor that sets Boys Town apart from other residential programs. Rather than saying “I live in Building 3,” our youth say, “I live in the Smith home” and “I’m a Boys Town Cowboy.”