Inter-agency Family Preservation Services

Inter-agency Family Preservation Services provides services in the home by empowering families to improve the well-being of children and build on the strengths of the family. Care Coordination: Case Workers working with a small caseload help families identify needs, connect them to community resources (tutoring, educational assistance, Child Behavior Specialist, FINISH), […]

Family Support & Preservation

The Y helps young people and their families improve their well-being. As a supportive team, we work with families to create plans that make relationships stronger and young people more resilient. The Y is well positioned to treat children, youth, and families from all backgrounds. Our staff provides an array of […]


Adama was 12 when her mother sent her from her home in West Africa to live with a relative in Maryland. Decades of civil war,  poverty and unemployment had driven desperate parents to seek a better life for their children in the U.S., even if they had to make the long journey alone, as Adama did. The family lifeline in Maryland turned out to be abusive, and Adama, with no where else to turn, was taken into foster care.


Youth & Family Services’ Staff

– Keyandra Brisco, LCSW-C  – Director of Family Preservation and Support Services Lindsey Foss, LCMFT – Director of Linkages to Learning Kimberly Nimmons, LCPC – Director of Counseling Outreach Referrals and Education (CORE) Elena dos Reis – Director of Linkages to Learning Meredith Smith – Director of Youth Development – Keyandra Brisco, LCSW-C Keyandra […]


Two Bethesda Chevy Chase High School students, 10th grader Teaven, and 9th grader Tsegab, have been active participants in YMCA Youth & Family Services programs for many years. This year they had the unique opportunity to present a project idea to improve pedestrian safety to Ms. Nadji Kirby at the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.  Despite their nerves, the young men did a great job in a professional setting, answered all of Ms. Kirby’s questions, and addressed each of her concerns.  Ms. Kirby was impressed by the project, and the presentation made by Teaven and Tsegab. (more…)