Maryland Association of Youth Service Bureaus

Maryland’s 19 Youth Service Bureaus provide effective juvenile delinquency diversion treatment and family disruption services aimed at developing competent youth who can become responsible and productive members of society.  The Bureaus successfully, and uniquely, provide family-focused counseling services in their respective communities and have done so since the early 1970’s.  This existing network of Youth Service Bureaus in the State of Maryland has consistently provided long-term sustainable gains for youth and families receiving services and match Governor Hogan’s vision for Maryland’s children, youth, and families, where children are prevented from entering the Juvenile Justice System.


Youth Service Bureaus work with youth and their families in helping to build effective skills to change behaviors.  Youth Service Bureaus’ success can be attributed to their prevention, community-based, family focused approach to the development of a youth and his/her family’s protective factors. Bureaus dedication to effective service with care and integrity is recognized by families, schools, and others throughout the communities we serve.