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 a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP), Emergency Shelter, Foster Care & Adoptions, Outpatient Behavioral Health and a State Certified DUI Program. 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 qualified residential treatment 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 and a member of the Kentucky Children’s Alliance.
Joe Gomes, CEO
859-498-9892 Ext: 101
Denise Spittler, COO
859-498-9892 Ext: 129
Lynda Mae Taylor, Director of Development & Community Engagement
859-498-9892 Ext 130
Therapeutic Foster Care Program Information
Olivia Ledford, Senior Case Manager & Supervisor
859-498-9892 Ext 126
Residential Treatment Services (QRTP), Emergency Shelter & Alternative to Detention (ATD) Program Information
Douglas Knapp, Director of Residential Services