Passionate About Helping Children
The Whole Solution for Children’s Mental Health
Alexander Youth Network is passionate about helping children overcome their mental health challenges. We believe an integrated treatment approach to mental health is the best way to address children’s needs. The Alexander Model of Care provides mental health programs and services from least to most intensive to meet children where they are and help them heal.
To provide quality professional treatment to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems and to deliver an effective and efficient array of services, enabling children and their families to exercise self-determination, achieve their potential, and become positive contributors to society.
Alexander Youth Network Founded
Alexander Youth Network was founded by the women of Charlotte’s
First and Second Presbyterian Churches
as a rescue mission for women and children.
The Alexander Children’s Home
R.B. Alexander, a farmer, and grocer devoted to the welfare of children, donated a home located at McDowell and Third Streets. The Alexander Children’s Home, as it would be known, served as a haven for poverty-stricken, displaced women and orphaned children for several decades.
Alexander Altered its Mission
Acting on the recommendations from
the Child Welfare League of America, Alexander altered its mission to focus on children suffering from emotional disturbance
and mental illness.
First Psychiatric Social Worker
its first psychiatric social worker to organize
and direct a treatment program for mentally challenged children.
Alexander Children’s Home Relocated
Alexander Children’s Home relocated to a new campus-like facility built on a former dairy farm donated by longtime friend of the agency, Edward Turner Garsed. Over time, the campus expanded to provide a school for special needs children and later a child development center.
Alexander Began Expanding
Alexander began expanding its program offerings to provide a more comprehensive approach to treatment and added a day treatment/year-round school program and developed group homes to facilitate moving children out of campus residential programs and back into the community.
Merged with Youth Network
Alexander merged with YouthNetwork, a Charlotte-based agency that helped Alexander expand and add additional services for older children, several new community-based programs, and a shelter for children in crisis, now known in the community as The Relatives.
Merged with Youth Focus
Alexander Youth Network merged with Guilford County-based mental health provider Youth Focus to expand its comprehensive mental health services
to children across North Carolina. Youth Focus offers crisis services, emergency housing, maternity housing, and more.
Alexander Youth Network celebrates 135 years of transforming children’s mental health. We continue to lead the way in children’s mental health.