Shelter Care

Short Term Stays Focused on Protective Factors

Taylor Diversion Programs Shelter Care is generally utilized for 30 days or less with male and female youth between the ages of 14 and 21.  If longer placement is needed, a formal approval will be obtained by the referring agency.

This program provides 30-day residential services high in activities that enrich the youths’ social, emotional, and mental well-being. While in Shelter Care, youth will be closely supervised and mentored by staff members at all times.  Staff will focus on supporting each youth while suitable living arrangements are made.

While residing at TDP, youth will be involved in activities that help them with their individual development.  Care focuses on assisting youth with increasing their self-esteem, positive self-image, cognitive skills, independence and self-control.  Programming is designed to provide activities that are purposeful and developmental.   On a daily basis, youth will participate in psycho-educational groups, anger management, recreational activities, educational support, etc.  Youth will participate in the development of individual goals and will be assisted by staff members in achieving these individual goals and objectives.

Program Objectives
  • To provide a safe, nurturing and short-term residential environment for youth in accordance with Commonwealth of PA.
  • To protect children from abuse and neglect at the hands of others and from harming themselves
  • To provide reasonable access to family members and other significant family members
  • To provide temporary residential care in a safe, structured, and nurturing environment
  • To collect information on the youth that assist placement agencies in the determination of needed services
  • To guide youth in making responsible decisions regarding their future service needs
  • To provide information to the agencies or organizations that will provide treatment, and other support services
  • To increase self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-esteem
  • To promote responsible behaviors and attitudes
  • To improve communication skills
  • To improve social skills
  • To teach personal accountability
Program Components

The shelter program will be designed to support and encourage the health and well-being of the youth served while providing 24-hour supervision in a residential environment.

A wellness plan will be established upon completion of a thorough assessment of the youth‘s past and present life issues.  It will include short and long-term goals and objectives that will be met while the youth resides in shelter. Youth will be expected to participate in all aspects of the program.  The home school of the youth will be contacted and educational support will be provided by TDP utilizing homebound instruction.

Admission Criteria

Youth referred will meet the following criteria:

  • Males or females between the ages of 14 and 21 years old.
  • The youth must meet the criteria established under 55 PA Code, Section 3800.
  • Youth must be in need of temporary placement pending court approval of future treatment/living arrangements.
  • The child is pre-adjudicated and awaiting his/her court appearance to determine further disposition and has been placed into shelter by the court pending such disposition.
  • Be in good health and free of illness, injury, or intoxication.
  • Be mentally stable (not in need of psychiatric care)
  • Behaviorally stable enough to live in a safe and controlled manner.

Through our diversion programs, TDP provides experiences that give youth the opportunities they need to increase their chances for success and the necessary skills to better manage their risks through strength enhancement.

What others are saying…

  • Taylor Diversion Program not only addresses the development of competencies necessary for a successful transition to living independently in the community, but also includes a family component which assists in the rebuilding of relationships between family, caregivers, schools and communities, an area in which most of these youth have ‘broken many bridges’. Mentoring is a critical component of this program which will be an ongoing process throughout the stay.Children and Youth Services Representative
  • “After visiting the site and hearing the plans you have for TDP, I believe the types of programs and services that you propose to offer will fulfill an important need in the region. The intent of this mentoring program is to help at risk children develop the competencies needed to develop a successful lifestyle and assist in rebuilding relationships between family, caregivers, schools and communities.”Congressman
  • “I am firmly convinced that having this leadership and mentoring program in our area will have a very positive impact on our students, our schools, and our communities. It is discouraging to witness deteriorating behavior and performance in young people who we know have ample potential, but are not served adequately by the confines of public education. I know that the motivation behind Taylor Diversion Programs is to reach students before they head too far down the wrong path. Even at our small, rural high school, we encounter numerous students that become involved with juvenile probation, placement facilities, and/or incarceration during and after high school. Taylor Diversion Programs will create a scenario where caring adults can have a positive impact in preventing the patterns of negative behavior, rather than reacting to it after the fact.”-Guidance Counselor

Our Mission

TDP provides supportive prevention services for troubled youth and their families by using proven strategies in education, vocation, nature and wellness in order to create stronger, healthier communities.

Our Promise

As TDP grows, we will continue our commitment to exceed the expectations of the populations served; moreover, we will remain committed to treating every youth as family.

Multi-faceted Approach

TDP has created a unique,  four-dimensional Prevention/Intervention program for youth: 

Taylor Diversion Programs, Inc.© does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the employment or in the provision of services.

TDP is a 501(c)(3) organization, fully licensed by PA 3800 regulations to operate a residential independent living program. We also have a private licensed school, through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Lighthouse Island Academy.