Promoting healthy and responsible behavior

Supportive Services for Youth and their Families

The Rappahannock Area Office on Youth has been serving the Greater Fredericksburg Region since 1989 by providing programs that promote healthy and responsible behavior in youth and young adults, encourage positive development, and support families. OOY programs have historically directly served youth who are or are at-risk for court involvement. While we continue our partnerships with local Court Services Units and Juvenile Domestic Relations (JDR) Courts, we have recently expanded our services by developing partnerships with school divisions in the region to offer programs to students that address disciplinary issues in school. Additionally, OOY allows parents to directly refer their children to our programs to address behavioral issues and concerns. Our main service categories are Mandated Services, Prevention Programs, and Residential Services. We also operate the Chaplin Youth Center which is a 12 bed, community-based, residential facility serving male and female youth ages 12-17.

The Rappahannock Area Office on Youth is a unit of local government. Contributions to the agency are tax deductible under section 170(C)1 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Fredericksburg Regional Office

The Office on Youth’s Fredericksburg Regional Division is the main hub of services for the Fredericksburg area. This division serves the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, and has served the Planning District since 1989.


Residential Services

The Office on Youth’s Residential Services Division operates one facility – the Chaplin Youth Center, located at 125 Hot Top Rd, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405.  The Chaplin Youth Center is a 12 bed, community-based, residential facility serving male and female youth ages 12-17.

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Northern Neck
Regional Office

The Rappahannock Area Office on Youth’s Northern Neck Regional Office services the counties of Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland. Services target CHINS, Diversion, Probation, and Parole referrals.


Commission Meeting Information


The Commission meets on the third Thursday of every other month, at 4:30pm, at the Office on Youth,

unless otherwise noted below.  

The meetings are open to the public.  Public comment time is at the beginning of each meeting.  If you plan to attend or comment at the meeting, please contact Donna Krauss, Commission Member, (email) for assistance.

Meeting Location: 12000 Kennedy Ln, Suite 100, Fredericksburg, VA 22407