Guiding Growth

We all believe that all children should have the support they need to succeed in school and life.

Here in our community, Lad Lake serves as the emergency room of the child welfare system. Most times, youth enter our facilities at their most vulnerable - whether they are suffering from abuse and neglect, battling addiction or have aged out of the foster care system. Furthermore, 95% of the youth in Lad Lake's care come from a family in crisis unable to support them as they wish; most suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other serious anxiety disorders.

With the help of our partners, we help more than 1,100 youth and their families every year to accomplish our mission of guiding growth of youth and families so that they can reach their potential. 


Our Story

For more than 150 years, Lad Lake has prided itself on evolving to meet our community’s most pressing needs. Our experience tells us the best way to create long-term success is through proven programs that strengthen families, foster healthy relationships, and connect youth to community resources. By doing this, we can see that kids get a second chance in life, and opportunities they need to succeed.

Why We Succeed

Our vision is a world where every youngster can find a pathway back to his or her full potential, in a compassionate community that supports their journey. Over the past 170 years, we've succeeded in guiding the growth of at-risk youth so they can reach their potential and live responsibly. Here's why:


We work with our community’s most challenged youth and their families.


We provide our region’s most comprehensive continuum of trauma-informed care.


We help youth make measurably greater progress than in other care settings.