A male teenage youth and his parents.


As a parent or family member of a youth between the ages of 12 and 24, you have an important role to play in supporting your young family members as they prepare for adulthood. All youth need families and other caring adults who communicate high expectations for what they can do in life and help them take steps to achieve their goals.

Family is defined broadly as adults and children related biologically, emotionally, or legally, including single parents, blended families, unrelated individuals living cooperatively, and partnered couples who live with biological, adopted, and foster children

Learn more about ways you can support your young family member by reading NCWD/Youth’s publications for families including these featured resources: