Youth & Family Services

Bowie Youth & Family Services offers a welcoming environment for families in crisis, with counselors who provide expertise in family therapy, a variety of groups, both educational and therapeutic, community outreach services, and other school-based services.

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May 1 - 31 We are Celebrating Children’s Mental Health Matters 2021 Virtual Chalk Art Festival. Express Yourself... Create Connections!

We invite all local youth and their families to participate in our Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival. Participants are encouraged to create artwork on their driveways or other spaces. Artwork can depict mental health-related messages, or can express anything which makes you feel happy, healthy, and/or hopeful. If you send us a picture, your creation will be featured on our website and social media sites. We are offering a limited supply of chalk that can be provided through contactless curbside pickup; please call 513-817-3158 or email to schedule a pickup.

There are several chalk pick up sites around Prince George's County click here to see if there is one in your neighborhood. 

We believe...

  • All families should have equal access to educational and mental health services
  • All individuals have strengths and dignity, and deserve to be treated with respect
  • Effective parenting is crucial to the success of children
  • Opportunities must be provided within the community for youth and families to grow and be successful

Our Mission

We are committed to providing a continuum of community based mental health services and relevant drug and alcohol prevention activities for the youth and families of the Bowie community. We are dedicated to excellence in service, innovation in programming, and responsiveness to our community.

Areas of Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Aggression/Anger
  • Bullying
  • Delinquent-like behavior
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Family conflict
  • Grief / loss
  • Parenting concerns
  • Poor decision-making
  • Social withdrawal
  • School related problems
  • Social skills


Counselors have extensive experience and strong educational backgrounds, plus high levels of training in family therapy. Educational backgrounds include marriage and family therapy, social work, or counseling psychology. 

Bowie Youth & Family Services is also proud to be selected as a training site by many local universities. This enables us to select two or three interns, from both graduate and undergraduate programs, to work with us in our programming each year. 

Our History

Bowie Youth & Family Services (BYFS) was established in 1971 as a youth services bureau to promote positive outcomes for youth, prevent juvenile delinquency, and to help families resolve issues that create tension and conflict. As one of five youth services bureaus in Prince George's County, our defined service population includes families who have children age 18 and under living in the home who live in Bowie or the surrounding communities in Prince George's County.

BYFS is certified by the State of Maryland as a youth services bureau. Families are referred to BYFS from many sources, including: Prince George's County schools, Department of Juvenile Services, health care providers, insurance companies, and family and friends. Staff includes social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and an alcohol and drug prevention specialist.