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Ware Youth Center
Kenny Loftin, Director
3565 Highway 71
Coushatta, Louisiana  71019


Intensive residential (secure) care for girls is currently provided at the Ware Youth Center in Coushatta, Red River Parish.  All female youth in secure care are housed at this facility.  

Ware Youth Center’s female facility is a state-of-the-art complex built in 2009 to accommodate the needs of this population.  The site consists of three separate cottages housing a total of 24 girls.  The complex includes separate recreational, educational and dietary facilities designed to meet the individual needs of the residents.

Ware Youth Center has fully implemented the Missouri model of treatment, a national evidence-supported intervention with proven outcomes for supporting delinquent youth and juvenile offenders.
 
Youth at the Ware Youth Center are afforded the opportunity to participate in religious services as well as competitive and non-competitive activities.
 
Treatment
 
Ware Youth Center offers treatment to residents by providing:
 
  • Education in an on-site school with grades and credits recognized by the State of Louisiana
  • GED preparation and testing for residents who are 16 years old 
  • Medical and dental evaluation and treatment
  • Psychiatric services 
  • Individual counseling to help youth with identified treatment needs, help build self-esteem and confidence, and promote a healthier way to deal with challenges  
  • Group counseling to help youth learn to solve problems, manage anger and practice communication and social skills
  • Family counseling 
Visitation
 
Families are encouraged to visit while their daughter/sister/granddaughter resides at Ware Youth Center.  All youth may receive visits from immediate family members, including father, mother, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather, stepfather, stepmother or legal guardian.
 
The designated visiting days are:

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Ware Youth Center requests that family members call the facility receptionist to schedule all visits (regular and special visits) at least two days in advance.
  
Special visitation may be granted if prior arrangements are made at least two days in advance of the desired visit.  Visitation during school hours will not be allowed unless authorized by the Assistant Director.
  
Attorneys and members of the clergy are not limited to set visitation but are required to follow visitation rules. 
Visitors may not bring food to residents during visits.
 
To schedule visits, call the facility’s receptionist at the main telephone number at 318. 932.4411.
  
Telephone Privileges
 
Youth are allowed to call only those individuals on their approved telephone call list, primarily parents or guardians.
 
Youth are allowed telephone calls based on their stage:
 
Stage I -  1 weekly phone call
Stage II - 2 weekly phone calls
Stage III -3 weekly phone calls
Stage IV -4 weekly phone calls
 
Cell phones or other electronic devices are not allowed.
 
Mail
 
All girls enjoy receiving mail from home and immediate family members are encouraged to write or send cards so your daughter/sister/granddaughter will know she is not forgotten.  Mail will be opened in the presence of a staff member, but staff will not be able to read youths’ mail unless contraband items are suspected.  Items deemed inappropriate or contraband will be held by staff and returned to the youth at the time of discharge.
 
Ware Youth Center will provide two stamps weekly to residents unable to provide postage. 

 
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WARE YOUTH CENTER
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