Placements POLICY.

  • Residents of In Focus of Cleveland, Inc. group homes are males who are:

  • 13-21 years of age at the time of placement

  • Capable of functioning in a minimally restrictive setting

  • Not a danger to themselves or others

  • Ambulatory

  • In the custody of a social service agency


In Focus of Cleveland, Inc. provides board and care services to youth who are currently in the custody of surrounding counties and have been placed with the agency for residency, intervention and programming.  In addition, In Focus is also appropriate for court-involved youth returning to the community who require a high level of structure and individualized attention until permanent placement is solidified.



The safe haven locations at In Focus are neighborhood homes that provide our young men with a family-like setting. No more than six boys live in each home and they have the opportunity to carry out their own unique schedules. Food is provided, as well as clothing, shoes and other personal care needs. The young men begin to learn and practice self-help skills such as cleaning, cooking, washing laundry and yard care. Staff support the residents by providing structure, giving the young men responsibilities and holding them accountable. During their stay with the agency, it is imperative that young men are comfortable and feel safe within the home. Many young men enjoy their residency and stay in touch with staff after their departure.

Residents are in the care of the local social service entity. A case plan is created to provide the young man with the most beneficial supports as needed. In Focus has strong relationships with local companies and agencies that provide the following services:






























An independent living building was added to the In Focus family to help assist young men approaching emancipation become prepared. In the program, two residents dwell in a two-bedroom apartment and are responsible for the upkeep of the property. These young men are close to completing high school or have already accomplished that goal. Please contact In Focus about the other requirements expected for custody involved males to become residents.

The goals of the Independent Living/Life Skills Program are as follows:

  • To prepare you in out-of-home care to function safely and responsibly as young adults in their social, emotional, educational, and intellectual readiness as they enter adulthood.

  • To empower youth to achieve a valuable and respectable place in society.

  • To develop youth emancipating from out-of-home care in attaining a high school diploma, GED certificate or vocational certification.

  • To develop youths competency and confidence in accessing resources available in the community.

  • To assist youth in utilizing legal documents that will be necessary to conduct business as an adult. All clients accepted into the program will be required to have the following documents in their records:​

  • Original/certified copy of birth certificate

  • Original Social Security Card

  • State ID or Driver’s License

  • Educational records ( IEP, transcript, diploma, GED certificate)

  • Medical records

  • Independent Living Transition Plan/Case Plan/Life Book

  • Resume (rough draft)

  • Bank account (at least prepared for one)




Through the leadership of our governing board, which is comprised of caring, community leaders with skills that include, but are not limited to, banking, investing, philanthropy, spiritual leadership and business, In Focus, is empowered to provide meaningful, innovative services, that empowers our youth to make better choices as situations come about.  The mission of In Focus is to provide a structured, positive, and nurturing living environment to enhance personal growth for at-risk youth by encouraging self-empowerment and personal accountability through proactive social services in a family-like setting. 


Our philosophy holds that ‘given a made up mind’, within a structured, home-like atmosphere, that promotes personal growth and accountability, comprises the necessary ingredients for the facilitation of change.   As a faith and community-based non-profit organization in affiliation with the Cleveland District of the United Methodist Church, it is our belief that all things are possible.  This certainly includes the enhancement and betterment of the lives of the youth and families we serve.  Through our faith-based foundation and guidance, we strongly believe that every child has a purpose and is a special gift to the world.



Chardon House (6 bed capacity

Euclid, Ohio


19008 Nottingham Road (5) Capacity

  • Medical Care (internal, dental, vision)

  • Traditional Education

  • Substance abuse counseling/assessments

  • Life skills training

  • Anger management groups

  • Professional tutoring

  • GED preparation

  • Individual counseling

  • Social/recreational programming

  • Mentoring

  • Job placement assistance