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If you are a child or family in need of services, please call:
  • 636-642-0642 in St. Charles County (St. Charles County Youth Connection Helpline)
  • 314-628-2929 or 1-877-928-2929 in St. Louis County (St. Louis County Youth Connection Helpline)
  • 636-946-3771 in St. Louis City (Youth In Need's 24-Hour Help Line)

View a video introduction to Youth In Need's mission.

Youth In Need is a nonprofit child and family services agency, headquartered in St. Charles, Mo. Through a variety of crisis prevention and intervention programs, Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families.

Each year, Youth In Need serves more than 20,000 children, teens and families with residential homes, foster care case management, homeless outreach, counseling and support groups, education and infant, child and family development at more than 40 sites, spanning 100-miles, in six counties in eastern Missouri.

Youth In Need was founded by community volunteers, who opened the organization’s Emergency Shelter in 1974. It is through the generous support of community volunteers, business leaders and donors that Youth In Need has been able to continue its mission of believing in the power of potential.



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Youth In Need Voted

a Top Work Place

Youth In Need staff voted the agency
as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's
Top Work Places in 2013!
We love our staff, too!