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Adoption. The legal process that establishes the relationship of parent and child between persons who are not related by birth, providing the same mutual rights and obligations that exist between children and their birth parents, including custody, control, care, support, education and inheritance.

Advocacy. Services to promote an issue/cause. Activities may include education/awareness or be directed toward influencing changes in laws/policies.

Alcohol Issues/Services.  See Substance Abuse

Assessments – Educational.  A structured process designed to assist in identifying and evaluating an individuals educational needs.

Assessments – Mental Health.  A structured process designed to assist in identifying and evaluating an individuals emotional and/or psychological issues.

Assessments – Substance Abuse.  A structured process to assist in identifying and evaluating the extent or severity of an individuals substance use or abuse..

Assessments – Vocational.  A structured process designed to assist individuals in identifying vocational aptitudes and/or interests.


Babysitting Classes.  Classes designed to help teens learn the skills necessary to provide appropriate care for younger children.

Behavior Issues – see Mental Health Services/Behavioral Issues.


Camps.  Programs that have a youth focus and include activities such as sports, field trips, arts and crafts and/or may include special interest activities.

Child Abuse/Neglect. Services provided for youths who may be victims of abuse and neglect and/or their families.

Child Care – Supervised childcare provided by a caretaker who is not a parent or guardian. Services may be before and after school or all day.

Child Protective Services.  Services for youths who may be victims of abuse/neglect or their families. Usually provided through the Department of Social Services and may or may not involve the courts.

Community Development.  Activities and services that are community focused and designed to strengthen neighborhoods and empower the community through the involvement of citizens (e.g. resident councils, neighborhood associations).

Community Programs. Activities and services that are community focused and designed to benefit a neighborhood or the larger community.

Community Service.  Volunteer activities conducted as a service to benefit others without the expectation of monetary compensation.

Counseling.  Any counseling with a youth or family focus. May include academic guidance counseling or may be related to treatment of mental health.

Counseling – In Home.  Intensive family focused counseling services offered in the home of the customer.

Counseling – Individual/Family/Group.  Services for youths and families that focused on identifying-resolving behavioral, emotional or relationship issues.

Court Related Services.  Services related to the court system primarily through the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court or through juvenile probation.

Crime Prevention.  Activities/services designed to deter crime. May include such activities as educational and public awareness or neighborhood watch.

Crisis Intervention.  Services designed to respond to an emergency situation.


Day Care.  See Child Care

Disabilities - Physical/Intellectual Services that address physical and/or cognitive/intellectual limitations.

Domestic Violence.  A pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over another individual in the context of an intimate relationship.

Drugs – see Substance Abuse Issues


Education – Academic.  Programs and/or classes that provide instruction in academic skills (e.g. reading, writing and math).

Education – Other.  Programs and/or classes that provide instruction in a broad range of special interest areas.

Education – Parenting.  Programs and/or classes designed to assist parents in learning and/or improving appropriate, effective parenting skills.

Education – Pre-School.  Educational programs for children who are not of school age.

Education - Special.  Academic resources and services for young people who have special educational needs.

Employment/ Career Services.  Assistance with job search, job counseling, resume development or other services related to obtaining employment.

Enrichment Programs.  Programs that provide opportunities for learning more in depth about topics that are of personal interest or practicing skills that have been learned. These services may include cultural experiences, music programs or arts programs, for example.

Equipment/Facility - Lending/Rental.  Resources for obtaining special needs equipment and/or supplies at a reduced or at no cost.


Family Planning – see Health Services – Family Planning.

Financial Assistance.  Support provided in the form of cash, reduced fees services or provision of necessities (e.g. food).

Financial Management.  Programs and/or resources that assist individuals in managing their money - such as developing a budget, savings strategies, etc..

Foster Care. Services for youth who may be temporarily or permanently living outside the home of their biological family.


GED Classes/Testing - see Vocational Services.


Health Education – First Aid.  Classes that provide instruction in dealing with emergency health issues.

Health Education – General.  Information and/or presentations that may include a variety of health related topics or issues.

Health Education – HIV/AIDS.  Information and/or presentations regarding HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Health Education – Nutrition.  Information and/or presentations on adopting healthy eating habits.

Health Education – Prevention.  Information/presentations that approach from the perspective of strategies/activities for individuals to prevent problems.

Health Education – Sex Education.  Information/presentations that provide instruction in reproductive health. May include abstinence/family planning.

Health Services – Asthma.  Information and resources for individuals who have asthma.

Health Services – Birth Defects.  Information and resources for individuals and families of individuals who have birth defects.

Health Services – Dental.  Prevention and/or medical services associated with teeth and gums.

Health Services – Family Planning.  Services to assist individuals in making decisions and choices regarding abstinence, sexual activity and pregnancy.

Health Services – Hearing Impaired Services designed to assist individuals by identifying potential problems associated with hearing loss.

Health Services – Home Health Care.  Health services provided to individuals in their homes.

Health Services – Immunizations.  Preventive programs that provide individuals an opportunity to receive immunizations for a variety of diseases.

Health Services – Medical. Services performed by a physician, nurse or other trained medical personnel.

Health Services – Occupational Therapy.  Services that are performed by an activity that is prescribed for its effect in promoting recovery/rehabilitation.

Health Services – Physical Therapy.  The treatment of a disease by physical and mechanical means such as massage, exercise, heat, etc.

Health Services – Prenatal.  Services to assist individuals who are pregnant in managing a healthy pregnancy and producing a healthy baby.

Health Services – Rehabilitative.  Services to assist individuals experiencing a disability in improving and/or restoring function.

Health Services – Smoking Cessation.  Services designed to assist individuals who wish to stop smoking.

Health Services – Speech.  Services designed to identify and assist individuals who may have speech impairments.

Health Services – Vision.  Services designed to assist individuals by identifying potential problems associated with eyesight.

Helpline/Hotline.  A phone resource for individuals seeking a quick response to an issue. Frequently the numbers serve a broad area and are toll free.

Home Visitation.  Services provided for individuals and/or families where the service provider works with the customer in his or her home.


Immigration/Refugee Services.  Services to assist individuals who are not currently citizens of the United States.

Information and Referrals.  Services include guiding and connecting individuals seeking Information or resources to the appropriate organization.

Intellectual Disabilities. Sees Disabilities Physical/Intellectual

Interpreter/Translator Services.  Services to assist individuals who are not able to communicate by speaking English.






Leadership Programs.  Opportunities for young people to learn, develop and practice skills that enhance their ability to play leadership roles in their schools, faith organizations and the community.

Legal/Law Issues.  Services that assist individuals with legal needs or concerns.

Life Skills/Independent Living.  Programs that provide opportunities for young people to learn and practice basic skills.  Skills learned may include but are not limited to goal setting, decision making, communication and social skills.


Medical Services – see Health Services - Medical.

Mental Health Services/Behavioral Issues.  A wide service variety designed to assist young people and families in addressing behavioral/emotional issues.

Mental Retardation Services.  See Intellectual Disabilities

Mentoring.  A structured, supervised one on one relationship between a responsible adult and a young person.

Money Management – see Financial Management.

Museums. Facilities devoted to obtaining, studying, displaying collections of objects/items of lasting interest or value to the community.




Outdoor programs.  Programs that offer young people the opportunity to learn and/or participate in recreational activities in an outdoor environment. Some programs may include a treatment focus.


Pre-School Programs – see Education – Pre-School.

Prevention.   Activities or services that create and reinforce conditions that promote safe, healthy behaviors and lifestyles. Activities and services are proactive and may focus on a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, positive youth development, avoidance of involvement in risky behaviors, strengthening families, and reducing child abuse and neglect.




Rape Crisis – see Crisis Intervention or Sexual Assault.

Recreation Programs – General. Leisure programs and resources where young people participate in a supervised environment.

Recreation Programs – Therapeutic. Structured leisure programs and activities designed to help young people improve their quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Often programs are designed for specific populations (e.g. young offenders, young people with disabilities).

Residential Services.  May include any type of assistance with locating or securing housing programs and/or services, including emergency shelter.

Resource Center.  A physical location where the public may go to access information and resource materials.

Respite Care. Programs/services so care givers can take a break with assurance the individual in their care needs are being met. May be in/outside the home.

Runaways.  Services for young people who are under 18 years of age and have left the home of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).


Sexual Assault.  Services designed to assist individuals who have been an involuntary participant in sexual activity.

Shelters.  Emergency housing resources for young people who are not able to live in their own home.

Sports. This category includes all team sports, individual sports and games.  Most sports are also categorized according to the type of activity involved.

Sports – Baseball/Softball.  Programs for individuals who wish to join a baseball or softball team.

Sports – Basketball. Programs for individuals who wish to participate join a basketball team.

Sports – Cheerleading. Programs for individuals who wish to participate join a cheerleading squad.

Sports – Field Hockey/Lacrosse. Programs for individuals who wish to join a field hockey/lacrosse team.

Sports – Football. Programs for individuals who wish to participate join a football team.

Sports – Golf. Programs for individuals who wish to learn to play golf.

Sports – Soccer. Programs for individuals who wish to participate join a soccer team.

Sports – Wrestling. Programs for individuals who wish to participate join a wrestling team.

Substance Abuse Issues/Services.  Provision of substance abuse prevention, education and/or treatment services.

Support Groups – Disabilities/ Health.  A group who have experienced similar health and/or disability issues and/or family members of those individuals, who come together in a structured setting to provide mutual support and assistance in dealing with concerns relating to the disability and/or health issue.

Support Groups – Other.  A group with similar issues and/or concerns that come together in a structured setting to provide mutual support and assistance.

Support Groups – Parenting.  Typically groups of parents who are experiencing similar issues or concerns with their children, who come together in a structured setting to provide mutual support and assistance with concerns.

Support Groups – Substance Abuse  A group of individuals who have experienced problems with alcohol/drugs and or family members of those individuals, who come together in a structured setting to provide mutual support.


Teen Centers.  Supervised locations where teens can go to hang out with their friends and/or to participate in organized recreational activities.

Teen Pregnancy.  Information and services for teens who are pregnant.

Transportation.  The organization provides transportation services for participants in their programs and services.

Tutoring.  Educational assistance provided beyond regular classroom instruction.




Vocational Services.  Services and programs that teach young people skills that will enhance their employment opportunities.






Youth Programs.  A broad range of positive activities/services that target a youths. Programs may include activities such as dances, concerts, recreation, etc.