YMCA Youth & Family Services offers programs for youth and families affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as: abuse, neglect, divorce, incarceration, alcohol or drug addictions, mental illness, etc. Our programs create safety, trust and connection in communities across Montgomery County, MD.

Providing quality and effective services

What the community says

Quotes from our volunteers and clients
Zachary Miller

Zachary Miller

Board Chair

"I have volunteered with YFS for the past 5 years because it keeps me deeply connected with my community. Montgomery County is a diverse place with a lot of wealth and resources, but it also has unmet social service needs. It is very satisfying to work with YFS staff and volunteers to help meet these needs."



Mother of a Client

“this program saved my daughter’s life… The program gave her hope, she became somebody, she became a different person.”

Theresa Testoni

Theresa Testoni

Resource Committee Chair

"I love the Y. Youth & Family Services staff are so dedicated and committed to their cause of supporting mental health. Watching this organization grow has been an exciting experience. YFS is truly saving lives! YFS programs are why the Y is so much more!"

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