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POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

The Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children and all its programs (Brahma House, Pathways independent living skills program, Passages, My Place and Whitney House transitional living programs and the Street S.M.A.R.T. street outreach program) have adopted to the positive youth development philosophy. Each program’s training curriculum emphasizes the importance of staff understanding that all youth need support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. With this support, youth can develop self-assurance in four key areas that create a happy, healthy, and successful life:


• A sense of competence: being able to do something well
• A sense of usefulness: having something to contribute
• A sense of belonging: being part of a community and having relationships with caring adults
• A sense of power: having control over one's future


When these factors are being addressed and basic needs are being met (food, clothing, health care, safety, and security), youth can become fully prepared to engage constructively in their communities. It is firmly believed parents are an important part of this process. Youth are encouraged by staff to establish and maintain open lines of communication with their parents.


MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children to provide abused, neglected and homeless youth with housing, a stable environment, and supportive services that guide them in becoming contributing members of society.


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HISTORY OF THE SOMERSET HOME


SOMERSET HOME REPORTS

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FINANCIAL AUDIT

2008 AUDIT | 2009 AUDIT | 2010 AUDIT | 2011 AUDIT


ANNUAL REPORTS

2008 Annual Report | 2009 Annual Report | 2010 Annual Report| 2011 Annual Report


IRS FORM 990

2010 IRS FORM 990 | 2011 IRS FORM 990

NEWSLETTERS

2009 Newsletter | 2010 Newsletter | 2011 Newsletter | 2012 Newsletter


ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children belongs to several state and national organizations. Click on the logos below to find out more about these organizations.

The National Network for Youth

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The National Network for Youth is dedicated to ensuring that young people can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives. In doing so, young people are championed, especially those who because of life circumstance, disadvantage, past abuse or community prejudice have less opportunity to become contributing members of their communities. The National Network website is http://www.nn4youth.org.

New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families

The New Jersey Alliance is a membership organization which represents agencies serving "at risk" abused, neglected or otherwise vulnerable children living in group homes, residential treatment centers, shelters or specialized foster care settings. NJACYF provides advocacy on behalf of its members and the children they serve to the state legislature, the Department of Children, Youth and Families. This advocacy includes issues of rate setting, licensing regulations and development of appropriate, quality services for the children and youth of New Jersey who are unable to live at home and require out-of-home settings. The NJACYF website is http://www.njacyf.org.

Council on Accreditation

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The Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services promotes best-practice standards; champions quality services for children, youth and families; and advocates for the value of accreditation. The COA website is http://www.coanet.org.


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