In 1972 in response to a statewide movement to develop locally driven services for children and families, Youth Services of Grady County was established. Launching from the basement of the Grady County Courthouse, community leaders and citizens joined to shape programs and solutions for local problems. A major capital campaign led to the acquisition of property and debt-free construction of two buildings on Almar Drive. The new site led to a new name Southwest Youth and Family Services, Inc. (SWYFS). With a site in Anadarko to serve Caddo County and third building on the Chickasha campus, SWYFS has continued to grow and serve our communities in a variety of ways.
We successfully operate youth prevention programs in school, after school and throughout summer; an outpatient mental health, substance abuse, and compulsive gambling treatment program, which includes adult drug court; and a batterers' intervention program. SWYFS is a Designated Youth Service Agency, an Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Certified Outpatient Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and Compulsive Gambling Treatment Provider, and an Oklahoma Attorney General Certified Batterers Intervention Provider.
However, the board and staff recognize that our greatest achievement and continuing challenge is in making Grady and Caddo Counties better places to live. Our missions continues to be promoting the general welfare of children, youth, and families in Grady and Caddo Counties by administering social services that facilitate individual, family, and community growth; implementing programs that prevent juvenile delinquency; and providing diversion alternatives for troubled children from the Juvenile Justice System.