Charity Review

Issued: April 2019 Expires: April 2021

Charity Seal Holder

Youth Advocate Services

Meets Standards
(614) 258-9927 825 Grandview Ave, Columbus OH 43215-1123
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
  8. BBB Comment

Youth Advocate Services meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.



To support children, youth, and families to realize their potential, hopes and dreams. 


In order to improve every life we serve, Youth Advocate Services dedicates itself to a culture that puts customer service and quality care above all else. 

Incorporated: 1978 in OH



Youth Advocate Services (YAS) has the oldest therapeutic foster care program in the State of Ohio. YAS has recently added pre- and post- adoption services for families as well. Since 1978, YAS’ Foster Care Programs have been designed to meet community needs and provide substitute care and supportive services to differing target populations. The Treatment Foster Care Program provides longer term (on average 3-9 months) foster care and treatment services to youth in central Ohio.

Outpatient Mental Health Programs provide the following services and interventions to children and families: Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Group Counseling, Family Counseling, Family Support/ Education, Family Reunification Counseling, Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment, Mental Health Assessment, Therapeutic Play, Independent Living Assessment, Early Childhood Mental Health, Home-based  Services, Life Book Group Activities, Full Clinical Assessment, Individual Treatment Planning, Clinical Social Work, Positive Behavioral Intervention, Individual, Group, and Reunification Counseling, Public School Special Education Testing Advocacy and Placement Consultation Advocacy Services, School-based Behavioral Interventions and Academic Support, Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management, Discharge Planning including Transition to Family Home or Foster Family Placement, Support for Treatment Foster Parents, and Skills Training and Supportive Therapies for youth.

The Help Me Grow (HMG) Program at YAS is a child development program that provides Home Visiting and Service Coordination to eligible children and families in and around Franklin County. The HMG Program promotes the best possible developmental outcomes for very young children and their families. Successfully operating since 2000, Help Me Grow is funded through the Franklin County Family and Children First Counsel (FCFCFC) and Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS). The services provided by Help Me Grow are primarily community based, collaborative, and always family-centered. Service Coordinators ensure that all services needed are made available as early as possible.The following home-based services are provided to families in the Help Me Grow Program caring for children ages birth to three years: Supportive Services, Consultation, Child Development, Parent Education, Linkage to Resources & Programs in the Community.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Edward Segelken Esquire Business Affiliation: Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur

CEO: Ms. Sarah Cochey, President/CEO

Board Size: 8

Staff: 32

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Internet Appeals Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 0.09%

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Youth Advocate Services's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Source of Funds
Franklin County Children Services / Other Placements $2,846,909
Help Me Grow Grant $425,966
Mental Health Grant $569,173
Contributions $2,019
Other Income $2,247
Training Revenue $30,900
Interest Income $17,184
Investment Fees ($3,756)
Unrealized/Realized Gain on Investments $11,243
Total Income: $3,901,885
Fusion Chart
Program Expenses: $3,411,063
Fundraising Expenses: $946
Administrative Expenses: $309,738
Total Expenses: $3,721,747
Income in Excess of Expenses: $180,138
Beginning Net Assets: $1,645,005
Ending Net Assets: $1,825,143
Total Liabilities: $217,896
Total Assets: $2,043,039

BBB Comment

A BBB Accredited Charity since November 2004. BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, Youth Advocate Services, Inc. adheres to the BBB Code of Business Practices, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any complaints. Charities that display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal pay a fee for review / monitoring and for support of BBB's services to the public. BBB accreditation does not mean this charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to this charity's competency in performing services.

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