Learn About Admissions

Vera Lloyd cares for boys and girls, ages six to 21, who are in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Children and Family Services or Division of Youth Services.

These vulnerable boys and girls have either been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect or are returning home after spending time in the juvenile justice system.

Admissions staff members are on call 24 hours a day and are always available to meet a state caseworker and youth in need.

Youth must meet the following admission criteria:

  • Have no signs of psychosis
  • Not be a sexual perpetrator or offender
  • Not be a runaway risk
  • Not be physically aggressive
  • Have an IQ of 70 or above

We document the youth’s family history, past placement, circumstances requiring placement and medical needs.

“The children and youth who come to Vera Lloyd don’t always understand what is happening. They are leaving the only home situation they’ve ever known and are emotional and scared as they come into a place where they don’t know what to expect. We spend time comforting them and making sure they know Vera Lloyd is a safe and nurturing place for them.” –Rose Brewer, admissions director

Youth are served through four programs:

Long-term residential care

  • 18-bed capacity for males, ages six to 17, and females, six to 17
  • Attend Monticello School District schools in the community

Emergency shelter program

  • Seven-bed capacity for males, ages six to 17, and females, six to 17 
  • May stay at Vera Lloyd for up to 45 days
  • Attend Monticello School District Alternative Learning Environment at the Annie B. Wells campus

Therapeutic Group Home

  • Youth in custody of Division of Youth Services
  • 15-bed capacity for males, ages six to 17
  • Attend Monticello School District Alternative Learning Environment at the Annie B. Wells campus
  • Youth must be in grade six or above
  • Youth stay at Vera Lloyd for three to nine months. 

Respite care

  • Youth in foster care can stay at Vera Lloyd for up to seven days

 

Intake and Placement Policy

Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services strives to handle client intake and placement in a prompt, fair and consistent manner. We do not discriminate against any race, religion, gender, disability, citizenships or any other legally protected classification.

Intake Packet   

Call Rose Brewer, admissions director, at 870-367-9035 (office) 870-224-5509 (cell) for admissions assistance.