Youth Living Alternatives provides residential care for kids and adolescents ages 10-17 with autism, severe emotional disturbances or developmental disabilities. Each of our homes is licensed through the State of Wisconsin.

It is often too difficult for a child with severe emotional issues or developmental disabilities to continue to live at home. This program was developed in an effort to provide alternative foster care so participants can live in a supportive, structured, non-traditional family setting.

The object of the program is to provide individualized support that will assist in the development of daily living skills so the child can live in a home-like setting with an enhanced chance at a normal life and opportunities to participate in the community. This enables the child to live in the least restrictive settings, and to transition them into adult supportive living services or be prepared to live independently after the age of 18.

We help each child with an individual evaluation of their needs, help them plan individual treatment, act as an advocate on their behalf, and assist in locating housing and activities in the community. 

2016 Service Results

99% of children remained in placement, avoiding more restrictive settings.

Services Offered

Shift-staffed personnel for 24/7 treatment and care.

Advocacy, development of daily living skills, promotion of independence, and recreation/community activities.

Assessment, treatment planning, and coordination.

Behavioral consultation, management, and support.

Educational support and transitional planning.

Additional support provided based on individual needs.


Children between the ages of 10-17 and have autism, severe emotional disturbances or developmental disabilities, are residents of Dane or Rock County, and receive or are eligible for waiver funding.


Andrea Nelson, MS
Program Director

Dane County
Catholic Charities
702 S. High Point Road, Ste. 209
Madison, WI 53719
P: (608) 826-8030
F: (608) 826-8028

Rock County
Catholic Charities
2020 East Milwaukee Street, Ste. 9
Janesville, WI 53545