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All Youth Assistance counseling and referral services are offered to Orion Area residents for a one time $25 processing fee.  The participation of youth and their family is voluntary.  Parental permission is required.  Although the program is sponsored by the Court, there is no judicial or legal action.

Youth Assistance contact with referral sources are limited to gathering general information and reporting on whether the youth is responding to services.  With parental permission, Youth Assistance staff can provide or obtain more detailed information.



The Youth Assistance Caseworker initially meets with youth and their families to explore the issues responsible for the referral.  The caseworker may consult school personnel, review records, or talk with other involved professionals.  The assessment, which is crucial to developing an appropriate treatment plan, consists of:

  • The youth's current behavior and past development

  • The family's strengths and needs

  • Environmental factors



Complete the YA referral
form, by clicking here and returning the completed
form by mail to:

Orion Area Youth Assistance 

CERC Building Room 8
455 East Scripps Road
Lake Orion, MI 48360

OAYA Staff

Amber Kish


phone: (248) 693-6878

Lisa Gdowski

Office Manager

phone: (248) 693-6878



Staff provide short-term counseling to young people and families in need of supportive counseling and behavior monitoring, when other services may be beyond the family's resources.  Participating families may also choose to participate in Youth Assistance community programs, such as Family Education, Camp, and Recreation Programs.


In certain instances, the referral problem is a symptom of underlying difficulties of a more complex or long-term nature.  In such cases, Orion Area Youth Assistance has contacts with an array of services in the surrounding community, and can facilitate a referral to an agency that can provide long-term care.


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