What We Do

Arnette House provides services to the community through caring and dedicated staff who focus on the strengths of the family while providing skills and knowledge to help improve life at home. 

VolleyballOur master’s-level counselors utilize various forms of therapy with the family to end conflict, improve communication and reunite children with their families.


  1. To keep families together by helping them earlier, before kids are out of control.
  2. To strengthen the family unit before kids end up in delinquency or foster care.
  3. Arnette House is the “front end” of the Juvenile Justice System (the key is prevention and early intervention).

Residential Services

Arnette House provides Emergency Shelter services for youth ages 10 – 17 who are runaways, lock-outs, abandoned, homeless, truant or experiencing parent/child conflict.  The Emergency Shelter provides basic living needs for up to 20 clients with additional emergency beds.  We serve approximately 360 children each year.

Children In Need of Services/Families In Need of Services (CINS/FINS)

This is a prevention program administered by the Department of Juvenile Justice that provides assistance to parents whose children are ungovernable, runaway or truant.  The youth is provided a structured living environment while receiving individual and family counseling.  This program not only prevents the child from becoming involved in the Juvenile Justice system but prevents a possible abusive situation in a dysfunctional family.

Domestic Violence and Juvenile Probation Respite

These Department of Juvenile Justice Programs are an alternative to secure detention.  Parents can choose to have their child receive services in the Emergency Shelter in lieu of secure detention, providing the family with counseling needed to alleviate violence in the home.

Short term Foster Care

Arnette House provides emergency shelter for foster children who are in need of placement whether they have just been removed from an abusive situation or have been moved from previous foster care placements.

The emergency shelter offers:

  • A safe haven for eligible kids, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Structured daily living programs employing positive behavior modification techniques
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Life skills groups to promote responsibility and independence
  • Substance abuse prevention services
  • Family reunification services and case management
  • Activities such as arts, crafts, and music to promote positive youth development
  • Health care coordination services to ensure access to medical treatment
  • Outdoor recreational program including a Challenge Course

Non-Residential Family Crisis Intervention Counseling

Master’s Level Counselors provide counseling both on and off our main campus to help youth ages 6-17 and their families resolve crisis situations and stay together. This may include opening lines of communication, teaching effective conflict resolution skills, or reducing high-risk behaviors.

  • Assist families in opening lines of communication
  • Teach families effective conflict resolution skills
  • Reduce high-risk antisocial behaviors
  • Link families with needed community resources
  • Teach effective parenting skills

SNAP® Program

SNAP®, which stands for STOP NOW AND PLAN, is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral model powered by the minds at Child Development Institute (CDI). SNAP® helps troubled children and their parents learn how to effectively manage their emotions and ‘keep problems small’.

The gender-sensitive SNAP® Boys and SNAP® Girls programs are designed for children ages 6-11 who are engaging in aggressive, anti-social behavior and/or have come into contact with authority figures at school or in the community. Experienced and highly trained staff work with each family to assess challenges and problems and develop an action plan. Children and families may participate in different components, with the goal of preventing future anti-social behavior and reducing the chances of conflict with family, peers and authority figures.

Group Homes

The Residential Group Homes provide services to youth ages 13-17 who are in need of long-term foster care placement.  These homes are an additional service designed to supplement and enhance the traditional programs historically provided for foster care.

Arnette House has two homes, one each for six boys and six girls, that focus on the physical and emotional well-being of  the individual clients and teach methods for sustaining basic life skills aimed at fostering self-sufficiency.  The youth are provided a healthy and supportive home-like environment, which meets basic needs, and will assist in their goal to become self-sufficient once they age out of foster care when they turn 18.

Project Safe Place

  • Runaways and kids in trouble can get help fast by entering any business or public building displaying the “Yellow and Black” Safe Place sign.
  • Locations are public buildings, businesses, community and social services agencies
  • Sites in Marion and Lake Counties
  • For more information click here.

Other Services

  • Group Therapy for issues such as anger management and bullying
  • Parenting classes
  • Case Management
  • Outreach and Prevention Services in local schools
  • Information and Referral Services
  • Aftercare support and follow-up