About Youth Homes

Founded in April of 1943 by Hobart Ross, a wealthy Des Moines-area businessman, Youth Homes has grown to be a successful private, nonprofit children’s and family social service agency with a bright future.

Our clients are Iowa children who are referred to us from Juvenile Court Services, Department of Human Services, Integrated Health Homes, medical providers, school personnel, families seeking services or other social services providers. These children have a wide range of severe emotional, behavioral and educational difficulties. Many have reached their adolescent years without any of the coping skills necessary to become fully engaged young adults. Because many clients’ difficulties lie within the family, we also work closely with family members in an effort to assist those in need of counseling or parenting programs.

Currently, we offer nine programs that fall under either residential treatment, transitional and independent living or counseling programs, all with the end goal of providing troubled youth and their families a path to independence.