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Youth & Family Counseling

The counseling services program is provided in an effort to strengthen families, to keep children at home, to prevent problems of delinquent behaviors, runaway, truancy, child abuse and neglect by helping youth and their families learn to resolve crises and develop coping and parenting skills. Referrals are welcome from any individual, agency, school, or family.

Request FREE counseling by calling us at 512-754-0500.
Services are FREE to youth & families and include:

Free youth, family and group counseling (also available in Spanish)

Crisis Intervention

Education for parents and youth

Child abuse prevention training

Who qualifies to receive these confidential services?

GSMYC’s *FAYS Program is FREE to families with children under the age of 18 who reside in Hays County or attend Hays County schools.

The goals of the *FAYS program (*Family and Youth Success Program):

To address family conflict and everyday struggles.

To promote strong families and youth resilience.

To help families and youth learn to resolve crisis and develop coping skills.

To help parents resume and maintain parental responsibility.

The goals of the *FAYS program (*Family and Youth Success Program):

Call our office at 512-754-0500.
Counseling services are offered Monday-Friday by appointment at your convenience (after work and school hours are available) and are provided on a 90-day basis.

Family Preservation

Family Preservation is the effort by GSMYC to help parents/legal guardians meet the basic human needs of their children, and themselves, who are in danger of homelessness or other risky situations. Assistance is also available for older teens with no adult support, financial or otherwise and is working toward independence.


Eligible persons are those who have been residents of the shelter or who currently are, or have participated in Youth & Family Services within the past 12 months.

Parenting Education Classes

Your parenting challenge is to raise a confident, respectful, self-reliant, responsible, and cooperative child.


Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) classes provide you with the parenting tools for you to fulfill this challenge in an effective, non threatening manner.


To register for this FREE class or check availability for future classes, please call 512-754-0500.

Truancy Intervention

Our counselors help discover the problem areas that may cause a youth to miss school, including friends, family, drug issues, peer pressure, and environmental issues.


The program calls for weekly school visits by a counselor with the student, while simultaneously reviewing their attendance records and grades.

Youth & Family Advocacy

Providing parents and youth the skills needed to increase their confidence in their abilities to solve problems, avert crisis, and advocate for themselves.


Counselors may advocate on behalf of the family and youth when deemed appropriate.

Delinquency Prevention

This program allows our counselors to have a seamless working relationship with local courts so that we can identify youth that are at risk for future criminal behavior.


Our agency provides counseling services for the at-risk youth and their families at no cost to them.

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