About Stepping Stones Inc.

Established in 1975, Stepping Stones, Inc. is a nationally accredited, fully licensed child welfare provider with over thirty years experience in working with West Virginia’s troubled and troubling youth and their families. The therapeutic milieu is family centered and youth focused and provides youth with an opportunity to enhance cognitive competence, internalize coping skills and develop an “I Can” attitude. Through restructuring, re-education and reintegration, Stepping Stones seeks to strengthen the youth’s relationship with family and community. The Program firmly believes that discovering and uncovering the connectedness of the youth and his family with the community is paramount in treatment delivery.

Overarching all of Stepping Stones programs is the ecological focus of the Re-ED model. Re-ED is a strengths-based approach that focuses on resiliency; complimenting Re-ED, the Programs use supporting tenants derived from the Circle of Courage and strength based asset development that builds protective factors. The Program’s safe, nurturing and creative learning environments challenges each youth to optimize his potential spiritually, emotionally and physically. Respect for self, respect for others and accepting responsibility for personal actions are emphasized throughout programs.

Accredited through the Council on Accreditation for Services for Children and Families, Stepping Stones, Inc. is dually licensed through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Office of Social Services and Office of Behavioral Health.

The Service Array includes:

  • Residential Treatment: Level I, Level II and Specialized Step-Down
  • Chafee Transitional Living Program: Scattered Site Apartment Living
  • Youth Transitioning Program: Supervised Apartment Living
  • Community Based Team: Prevention & Reintegration of youth from Out-of-State Placements
  • Socially Necessary Services: Parent Education; Comprehensive Assessment Services

Stepping Stones, Inc.’s Administrative and Residential site is located in Lavalette, WV on 166 acres in rural Wayne County just 20 minutes from the service rich area of Huntington, WV.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 539 Lavalette, WV 25535
Physical Street address: 1235 Buffalo Creek Road, Huntington, WV 25704
Directions from Huntington, WV: Route 152 to Lavalette; right onto Rt 75; left onto
Buffalo Creek Road: travel four miles; then right onto our Driveway.

Helping Kids Realize Their Potential

We're proud to provide qualified counseling and mentoring services, as well as family centered, child focused, therapeutic programming for all our kids.

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Treatment Programs We Offer
  • Residential Services
  • Transitioning Youth to Independence
  • Socially Necessary Services
  • The Community Based Team

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