History

Family Ark – a new name for a 40-year tradition

In 1971, local visionaries saw the need for preventative treatment for troubled youth who were involved in the juvenile justice system and identified the need for keeping youth close to their communities with programs designed as alternatives to incarceration. This led to the development of the Clark-Floyd Youth Opportunity Center which later became Regional Youth Services, incorporated in 1973. In 2009, Regional Youth Services, Inc. began management of Noah’s Ark Children’s Village in Jeffersonville, Indiana and after acquiring the facility in 2012, consolidated all offices to the 83-acre campus. Family Ark, the new name for both agencies, is the culmination of more than 40 years of giving hope to children and families.