History of Crossroads Youth & Family Services, Inc.
Crossroads Youth and Family Services, Inc. was founded in 1969 when the first Emergency Youth Shelter in the state of Oklahoma opened in Norman under the name “Cleveland County Juvenile Shelter”.

In 1972, more services were added to this agency including probation and parole and school-based counseling services and the name was changed to the “Cleveland County Youth Bureau”.

In 1975, the Oklahoma Juvenile Code was recodified, and the Cleveland County Youth Bureau spun off three additional entities:  Court Related and Community Services (CR&CS) of DHS (now Juvenile Services Unit (JSU) of the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA), Moore Youth & Family Services, Inc., and Juvenile Services, Inc. (now known as Center for Children and Families (CCFI).  The Cleveland County Youth Bureau became “Cleveland County Youth & Family Center”, administered under county government and overseen by an Advisory Board of community volunteers appointed by the County Commissioners.

The Cleveland County Youth & Family Center operated as a branch of county government until 2002 when the Advisory Board decided to form a not-for-profit organization, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization and transformed the agency into a full-fledged non-profit under the name Crossroads Youth and Family Services, Inc.  The Advisory Board in turn became a Board of Directors with full fiduciary responsibility for the organization.

Today, Crossroads Youth and Family Services continues to provide Youth Services in Cleveland County including the Emergency Youth Shelter; a variety of center-based counseling services for at-risk youth and their families; First Time Offender Programs; a variety of psycho-educational programs; a divorcing parents seminar; and other programs assisting children, adolescents, and their families.

Crossroads Youth and Family Services, Inc. also contracts with the federal government for Head Start/Early Head Start early childhood education programs in Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole and Comanche counties and has grown from a first grant of $10,000 in 1969 into an agency with a budget of over $10 million today. 

Lisa Winters