The Ohio Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals

Incorporated in 1977, the Ohio Association of Child & Youth Care Professionals, Inc. is a not-for-profit member association dedicated to serving Ohio’s child & youth care professionals working in:

  • hospitals;
  • residential treatment centers;
  • group homes;
  • developmental centers;
  • schools;
  • foster homes;
  • training centers and;
  • a variety of community mental health and child welfare service settings.

“When viewed across the diversity of practice settings, child and youth care is the largest human services profession in the world.” – Dale Curry, Ph.D., Kent State University


Our Mission

We are committed to promoting the professional growth and development of individual child & youth care practitioners so that they can better serve the children & youth of Ohio. Our purpose is to:

  • promote, improve, and maintain an enlightened and progressive standard for Child and Youth Care Professionals, and to encourage an active public interest in Child and Youth Care work;
  • further the training and opportunity for specialization for Child and Youth Care personnel through educational programs, and to establish uniform training of the highest possible standards;
  • improve services to meet the needs of the whole child — spiritual, moral, emotional, and intellectual — in public and private institutions;
  • promote child advocacy through working in cooperation with other groups in the establishment of sound and constructive child welfare legislation;
  • and to promote the professional growth and development of individual Child and Youth Care Professionals.