For Teens & YA

DHS supports many programs for teens and young adults, including summer work experiences and services for youth who are involved with DHS.

Achieving Independence Center (AIC)

The Achieving Independence Center (AIC) provides resources and support for teens and young adults in DHS care to enhance their education, and build independent living skills.

Ask the Commissioner’s Action Response Office (CARO)

CARO responds to questions, concerns, or complaints about any services provided by DHS.

E3 Power Centers

E3 stands for Education, Employment, and Empowerment. A Youth Opportunity grant from the United States Department of Labor created E3 Power Centers to help youth acquire the skills and work experience they need to make a successful transition to adulthood.

Education and childcare services

The Education Support Center (ESC) helps children and youth in DHS care achieve their fullest academic potential.

Get help if you're dealing with domestic violence

The City provides many resources for people affected by domestic violence, including families with children.

Intensive Prevention Services (IPS)

Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) supports youth who have disciplinary issues at school or home to prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system.

Summer jobs for teens

The Work Ready Program helps teens and young adults engage in meaningful summer employment.

Who's involved in your case?

Entering placement can be a confusing time. We have resources to help you understand who is involved in your case and who supports you.

Youth development programs

DHS works with several city-wide organizations to provide a variety of youth development programs for children and older youth.


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