Youth Engagement Services

Youth Engagement Services

The Youth Engagement Services program, funded by Alameda County Social Services, is focused on prevention and early intervention. MISSSEY’s Youth Engagement Specialists provide CSEC specific prevention and intervention services to Alameda County foster care youth ages 12-17 on-site at the Alameda County Assessment Center, in group homes, and in the community. Youth Engagement Specialists also provide training and technical assistance to child welfare workers, group home providers, foster parents, and individual agencies.

Childhood experiences that survivors of CSE commonly share:

  • Prior sexual abuse by a family member or family friend
  • Parental neglect, abuse, or abandonment
  • Time spent as runaways
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Community violence

Sexual abuse in particular is cited as a leading cause for entry into CSE. An estimated 65-95 percent of sex trafficking victims were sexually assaulted as children and 75 percent of all sex trafficking victims were at one point homeless.1

For more information on this program, email directservices@misssey.org. Click here for our referral form.


 

1 Lillie, M. (2013). An Unholy Alliance: The Connection between Foster Care and Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking Search.