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
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
The Service Array includes:
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,
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.