Youth Services of the 2nd Judicial District

Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie, and Wabaunsee Counties


  • Community Case Management
  • Juvenile Intake and Assessment
  • Juvenile Intake Case Management
  • Juvenile Intensive Supervised Probation

A Letter from the Director

Youth Services Second Judicial District is requesting assistance from families who want to make a difference in children's lives.

Youth Services works with law enforcement and aids in the placement of children who, for various reasons, need to be temporarily placed outside of their homes for a few days. This gives the courts time to assess each case and to decide what is in the best interest of the child. These children are typically between the ages of two and twelve but can range in age from newborn to teenagers.

Youth Services traditionally uses foster homes and emergency shelters for children. The challenge is there are not very many in our area and those that we do have are often full. This can result in extended wait times in Law Enforcement Centers and transport time for the children.

For the safety of the children, those interested in becoming Host Families undergo a background check and walk-through of their home. We are asking you who feel the call to serve the youth throughout our communities to offer your home as one of our "Host Families." These are families who volunteer to care for a child for a few days. Three days maximum with the exception of weekends and holidays. We need homes in Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie, and Wabaunsee Counties. Youth Services tries to keep our youth in the same school district so that they do not miss out on school and siblings together, if possible. If there is a scheduling conflict the potential host family can say no.

If you are interested or have questions, contact Brooke with Youth Services via email or call 785-364-2235.

Best regards,

Brooke Smith

Use the Host Home Application if you are interested in participating.