Board receives response regarding Feds actions to house children in Prince William County
County staff reached out to Youth For Tomorrow and the Federal Government to provide comment (provided below) in response to the Board of County Supervisors' directive for staff to address the following questions:
- How many children are currently being housed at Youth for Tomorrow as part of the Federal government's "Unaccompanied Alien Minor Program?" What is the total capacity for that program?
- What are the expectations of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with regard to the need for County services, including educational services (will they be attending local public schools), public safety services, social services and physical and mental health medical care? What local or state services has Youth for Tomorrow accessed for these children (or plan to access) and what is the source of payment if these services are required?
- How long is it expected that these children will remain in Prince William County?
Youth For Tomorrow Response:
Dr. Gary Jones, CEO, Youth for Tomorrow, provided general information, but specific questions about the children were refered to the Federal Health and Human Services Department / Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee and Resettlement for comment.
- Youth for Tomorrow has been participating in the Unaccompanied Alien Minor Children program for 23 months (since June 2012) and has had hundreds of children through that program.
- During that time, there have been no runaways and no contagions.
- No local funds, no state funds, no Medicaid funds are being used to support these children and there are no plans to ask for services from the local government of any kind.
- These children stay for 35 days, on average.
- The Federal Government pays for all children staying at Youth for Tomorrow to receive a medical exam and inoculations within 36 hours of arrival.
- If the children attend school, they do so at YFT in their facilities. None of these children attend Prince William County schools.
Federal Health and Human Services Response:
Gary Hunt, Policy Advisor for the Federal Health and Human Services Department /Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee and Resettlement, commented on behalf of the Federal Government.
There are currently 80 children at YFT as part of this program.
The program has been in place for two years.
The children stay on average 35 days.
There are no other UIAC programs in PWC.
Special Use Permit Compliance Inspection:
County officials met with senior leadership at the Youth for Tomorrow facility to conduct a compliance inspection related to Special Use Permit (SUP) PLN2011-000209. We observed a compliant status and believe the following to be true:
No students on campus are younger than 11 or older than 18
The total student population is 100
Day student enrollment is 0
Buildings, structures and facilities present upon the property and shown on the approved site plan are in compliance with that SUP
The security plan required as a condition of the SUP is in place (Lt. Lawhead of PD is POC)
A tour of the entire compound revealed a compliant condition