Boys & Girls Aid


About the STEP Program

STEP stands for stabilization, transition, and evaluation program. STEP is a short-term shelter program that provides young people, ages 10 to 18, with assessment, evaluation, behavioral rehabilitation, and service planning and placement recommendations.  In the STEP Program, youth are placed in foster homes or shelter facilities with trained foster parents and staff who are dedicated to helping them take the next positive ‘STEP’ in their lives.

Who STEP Helps

STEP serves youth who are court involved or in the custody of the Department of Human Services and are in need of short term shelter and evaluation, counseling and support, and assistance making their next life transition. They are likely to have histories of runaway behavior, self harm, sexual re-activeness, law violations, drug and alcohol use, property destruction, as well as academic and behavioral problems in school.

How STEP Helps

In the STEP program, youth are placed in foster homes. In either of these situations, youth receive:

  • 24 hour sight and sound supervision
  • Professional staff available 24 hours a day for crisis counseling and support
  • Case management services
  • Coordination of family visits
  • Access to medical and dental services
  • Access to mental health and drug and alcohol treatment through Lifeworks Northwest
  • Individual and group skill building
  • Group counseling
  • Recreational activities
  • Gender specific programming