Youth Bureau

What is the Youth Bureau?

The mission of the Madison County Youth Bureau is to promote and encourage the development of a comprehensive system of services to meet the needs of Madison County's young people.

The Madison County Youth Bureau is the department of County Government that administers New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) funds within Madison County, and assists with the coordination and development of programs and services for children and youth under the age of 21.

System Strengths

Strengths of the Youth Bureau system include:

  • Administers population-based funding provided by NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • Community Engagement
  • Equity (due to population based funding)
  • Flexibility (No cookie cutter prescriptions or mandates from the state)
  • Local decision making and design
  • Local Needs Assessment
  • Services for all youth
  • Youth Participation in Decision Making

Youth Board

The Madison County Youth Board helps guide the work of the Youth Bureau. This citizens advisory group is comprised of community, agency and youth representatives. Appointments to the Youth Board are made by the Madison County Board of Supervisors. The Youth Board meets monthly to set priorities, review funding applications, and offer guidance to the Youth Bureau. This important community involvement enhances the Youth Bureau's ability to identify and help meet the on-going needs of the children and youth living in Madison County.