Youth Service Inc.

Posted: May 30, 2007

1526 Fairmount Ave.

Responsible for providing services to 118 children.

DHS contracts in 2006: $8.2 million.

The company provides services to children in their homes and runs a temporary shelter for 20 teens awaiting permanent placement. Children typically spend a few weeks there.

Though DHS has rated the company's in-home case management as "good," Gwendolyn Bailey, who oversees the shelter, said a Philadelphia judge stopped the shelter from receiving new cases after learning that teens were leaving without permission.

She said the agency was working out a solution and would meet with the judge next week. The shelter locks its doors to keep people out, but it can't lock teens in.

"There is always room for improvement everywhere," Bailey said.

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