Youth & Family Services

Supporting the Healthy Growth of Westwood Children and their Families



Main Office
Islington Community Center
288 Washington Street
Westwood, MA 02090
Phone:  (781) 320-1006
Fax:      (781) 251-9360

 Satellite Office
Westwood High School
Room A152

Danielle Sutton, M.S.W., LICSW
Joanna Bengel, M.S.W., LICSW
Youth Services Counselor
Sarah Baroud, M.S.W., LICSW
Youth Services Counselor
Nina Banozic, LCSW
Interim Youth Services Counselor
Mary Ellen LaRose, M.Ed.
Adminstrative Assistant
Please complete our Parent Survey and give your input on what resources, programs and services are needed in our community for parents.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Westwood Youth & Family Services has been supporting and advocating for the children and families in our community since 1986. Formerly known as the Westwood Youth Commission, we are a municipally funded agency providing clinical and supportive services designed to foster the healthy growth of children ages 4-18. Westwood Youth & Family Services works in close collaboration with town agencies, the Westwood Public Schools, and other community based non-profit groups. 

Parents and children often contact us because of school-related behavior or academic issues, peer and social problems, child and parent conflict, or other behavior problems associated with normal child and family development. However, we offer a wide range of services that are free to Westwood residents and confidential.

Counseling Services
• Short term Individual, Group and Family Counseling
• Parent Education and Child Guidance
• Crisis Support
• Consultation and clinical referrals regarding mental health issues and help accessing social services.

Community Development Programs
• The Mentor Program - Community Service Programs to link 9th-12th grade volunteers with elementary and
   middle school aged children
• Body Safety Theater
• Bullying Prevention Theater
• Friends' Network
• Teen Center at Thurston Middle School
• Thurston Thursday Club
• Single Parents Groups
• Parenting Workshops
• Structured Play Groups - Developing social skills, social competency and self-esteem in children K-5.
• Girls Only Groups - Developing social skills, social competency and self-esteem in girls 4th-6th grade.
• Recognize A Youth Program (RAY)
• Holiday Giving Program