Kids or youth?

Kids or youth?

In our field there has been an on-going discussion around how we refer to those people who use our services. In the late eighties and early nineties there was a move toward using the word client to describe all persons who utilized services in children and family...
YWS 30th anniversary series: Marianne

YWS 30th anniversary series: Marianne

“Homelessness happens. When I walk through the doors in my high school you can’t tell I live in a shelter. We all walk in different shoes.” (Marianne, age 17) Each day for a month Marianne, 17, filled her backpack with a few personal belongings and stored them in her...
YWS 30th anniversary series: Misery

YWS 30th anniversary series: Misery

For as long as he can remember there was only his father and himself. There was always conflict. He is the first to admit that he didn’t want any rules. However, as he matured he saw his father behave in ways towards him that he knew were not right and that he could...
YWS 30th anniversary series: Angeline

YWS 30th anniversary series: Angeline

Sometimes I feel my mother never loved me. Maybe she didn’t. There’s nothing to suggest otherwise. No early morning cuddles. No kiss going out the door. No warm embrace when I was at my lowest No comforting voice to vanquish my nightmares. But I do remember a hefty...

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