About Us

Founded in 1981, Gateway Children’s Services (GCS) began as a national Model Project to provide children charged with status offenses a safe alternative to placement in adult jails.  Today, GCS offers a wide range of services/programs for children who are abused, abandoned and neglected.  Services include Residential Treatment, Emergency Shelter, Foster Care and Adoptions.  The agency provides a full array of therapeutic services, on-site psychiatric services, individual/group/family therapy, on-site school, on-site medical care, outpatient substance abuse programs and assessments.  Our residential program, serving children ages 10-17, is a “no touch, no restraint program that is highly structured and utilizes de-escalation techniques.  Our Therapeutic Foster Care program serves male/female children ages 0-21.  We offer recruitment, screening and certification of potential foster parents, in-home training, intensive on-call support services, on-going in-service training to foster parents, along with a full array of therapeutic client services such as individual therapy, case management, crises intervention, and psychiatric/psychological consultation.  

The agency mission—“A Lifeline for Change”—values personal relationships, structured caring environment, and collaboration with others as key elements in helping our children prepare for life’s challenges and achieving their full potential.  Gateway is licensed by the Office of the Inspector General, nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation, a United Way of the Bluegrass Agency, member of the Kentucky Children’s Alliance, and  proud adopter of Good Giving.net.

Contact Us:
General Information:
Joe Gomes, CEO
j.gomes@gatewaychildrens.org
859-498-9892  Ext: 101

Therapeutic Foster Care Program Information
Ashley Means, Foster Care Director
a.means@gatewaychildren.org 
859-498-9892  Ext: 123

Residential Treatment Services & Emergency Shelter Program Information
Christine Jackson, Residential Programs Manager
c.jackson@gatewaychildren.org
859-498-9892 Ext: 116