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Our Mission

KYFS promotes healthy development of children, youth and families in South King County by providing professional counseling, education and support services.


Our Goal

Statement of Vision: Helping youth and families achieve their goals for a better future. KYFS Values: Equity and Cultural Inclusion, Accountability, Partnering, Advocacy, and Responsive to Clients and Community.


The staff of Kent Youth and Family Services has been dedicated to providing services for children and their families for over 44 years.



Kent, Covington and South King County together are an ever-changing blend of multiple cultures and ethnicities from around the world. Our doors are open and KYFS is here to support all of our neighbors who need us.

Message from the Executive Director

Hello, I'm Mike Heinisch,


On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of Kent Youth & Family Services, WELCOME to our interactive site featuring helpful news, links to our growing social media presence, and key information about our initiatives and direct access to program forms, staff contacts, and other “connectors” for your utilization. Feel free to provide your comments and feedback on the site and/or how KYFS is doing.


For over 44 years, our mission and passion has been "Hope Begins Here.” We've still believe we have only just begun! South King County continues growing into majority minority communities enriched with diversity. Everyday KYFS embraces multiculturalism across all our work. The information you are about to access demonstrates KYFS’s commitment and engagement, in words , pictures, videos, etc. supporting and celebrating our changing community.


Kent, Covington and South King County together are an ever-changing blend of multiple cultures and ethnicities from around the world. The area is also home to families who’ve lived here their entire lives and now have children of their own. Our doors are open and KYFS is here to support all of our neighbors who need us.


KYFS.org is your connection to our efforts where you will learn more about our valuable programs providing important life lessons, positivity, and professional support. You will also see our expanding list of local partnerships that provide additional family assistance.


You are visiting because you want to make a meaningful difference. The power is in your hands. By volunteering, donating or sponsoring KYFS, you can make a direct impact on somebody’s life whose future relies on our services. It could very well be the most important investment you will ever make.


We encourage you to share our link with family, friends and coworkers so they can see first-hand what KYFS does for our community. Visit often, even consider making www.KYFS.org a “favorite” on your toolbar or even a “homepage” so you can be a part of something that is truly invigorating and see the difference that KYFS can make!


Thank you for visiting with an open heart and mind. All of us look forward to your involvement as an endorsement of our shared commitment to improving the lives of children, youth and families here in Kent, Covington and South King County. Together we can unite so "Hope Begins Here!”


See you again,


Mike Heinisch


Executive Director

After School Programs

Lighthouse and Outreach make up our After School Programs. Lighthouse provides educational, recreational and social support services that enhance skills, values and self-esteem among youth. Our Outreach Program provides a variety of social services, recreational and educational programs for youth and their families.

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