Mission and History


Family Ark provides quality human service programs which promote positive change in the lives of children and families in the communities we serve.


Strengthening Families to Create a Healthy Community

Family Ark 

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 45 years of giving hope to children and families.

Our Goals

We work together in partnership with our children, referral sources, parents, foster parents, and other community providers to promote positive change in the lives of children and families.

Whenever possible, we will seek to keep the child in the home of his/her biological family while working toward overall improvement within the family system.

When it is necessary to remove a child from the parents’ home we will attempt to keep the child in the family’s geographical area to facilitate contact and seek reunification as quickly as therapeutically possible.

We will strive to keep admission to our program easy, uncomplicated and at a reasonable cost.

We will continue to assess the changing needs of the community and expand our programming as necessary.

We will remain aware of the profound effect removal from the family can have on a child and let this awareness influence our actions on behalf of the child.

Empowerment. Compassion. Partnership. Hope.