Marie Detty Youth & Family Services
The MDYFS Outreach offices provide a wide range of services. All services are performed by qualified professionals. Payment for services is not required for this program. Hours of operation are 8am to 5pm. However, arrangements are made for late appointments, based on the client's needs. Scheduling the times for weekly visits can sometimes be difficult, so please be flexible. The mentor will tell you when he/she plans to pick up and return your child. Please make a point of being home at these times and call the mentor if your plans change. Please do not ask your child's mentor to provide transportation, buy presents, be the disciplinarian, or babysit for your family. The mentor's role is to be a companion and
Please don't discuss your child with the mentor in the presence of your child. If you think there is something the mentor should know, call him/her when your child is away. The mentoring relationship is between your child and the mentor. Please don't ask that you or siblings be included on outings, and try to avoid excessive quizzing about their visits, so that your child can enjoy having his/her special friend. However, if you feel uncomfortable with any aspect of the mentoring relationship, or if something about the relationship concerns you (i.e., your child is acting secretive or unusual in regard to the mentoring relationship), contact the agency director immediately. The agency's clinical director is Linda Griffith-Lambert who can be reached at 580-606-
Please don't deprive your child of the weekly visit with his/her mentor as a means of discipline. The mentoring relationship needs time to develop-at least three months-so don't judge it too quickly; give it time. Notify Marie Detty when you have a change of phone number or address. The office
Please keep in mind that all information is confidential and should be shared only with your child's mentor or Marie Detty staff. The mentor will occasionally need to communicate with people in your child's life to adequately advocate for your child. This includes school personnel, your child's counselor, and if your child is involved with the juvenile justice system, the OJA officer involved in his/her case. If your child requires emergency medication such as an inhaler or epi pen, or has any serious allergies, please make sure the mentor is aware of these things and your child has them when he/she leaves with the mentor.