Aurora House is a residential counseling center for girls ages 13-17 and certified by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. Aurora House offers long-term community-based treatment to a group of up to 12 girls.
Aurora House provides at-risk females the nurturing, structure, and support necessary to help them through the difficulties they experience, offering the girls and their families the opportunity to make positive changes toward a brighter future.
Aurora House opened in 1991 as part of the City of Falls Church Human Services Department (with Court Services and Housing and Human Services), and operates under the direction of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Aurora House serves Arlington County, City of Alexandria, City of Falls Church, and Fairfax County.
The Aurora House program offers a comprehensive, therapeutic experience to girls served by the group home. While at Aurora House, residents examine their behavior and attitudes toward themselves, family members, peers, and authority figures. The following components of the Aurora House program offer each girl the opportunity to make changes in these relationships:
Parents contribute to the financial support of their daughters while they are residents at Aurora House. A monthly contribution amount is calculated according to a sliding scale, which can be viewed here.
Formal referral to Aurora House is made through the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court or the Department of Human Services. Informal inquiries from interested persons or professionals may be made by contacting Aurora House or the Juvenile Court intake office in Arlington County, City of Alexandria, City of Falls Church, or Fairfax County. We are listed on the CSA Service Directory for Arlington County, City of Alexandria, and Fairfax County.
Aurora House does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, sexual orientation or national origin in the admission, access to, or treatment in its services of youth.
As a community-based program, Aurora House seeks to help residents participate more effectively in their families, schools, and communities. The primary objective for most Aurora House residents is to return home and successfully live with parent(s) or family members. Whenever possible, girls entering Aurora House continue to attend their school of origin, receive regular home visits, and participate in local employment and recreational opportunities.
With the intensive structure and support provided by Aurora House counselors, residents learn to accept responsibility for themselves and their actions and to appropriately respond to the problems they face in these environments. The involvement of a girl's family in the change process is extremely important.
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