NAFI's Mid-Atlantic region, established over to 20 years ago under NAFI/NFI, currently provides short-term shelter care services for youth and services to youth as part of our cadre of behavioral health program offerings. 

programming, consultation and individualized support services to youth, families and adultsWith a consistent presence within the organization, NAFI Mid-Atlantic has balanced transition and expansion with a focus on continued quality care. Best practice research and program data collection is allowing for systems to be implemented that ensure that adherence to quality improvement measures are woven through and across the region. At a regional and programmatic level, Performance Quality Indicators are being tracked daily in order to provide statistical and measurable data upon which to make appropriate changes and improvements. 


NAFI Mid-Atlantic's mission is creating diverse and innovative services for people.

common values and beliefs that unite all staff, kids and familiesRooted within all of our diverse services and programs is our common values and beliefs that unite all staff, kids and families. This is known as the Normative Community Approach. The Normative Community Approach is not a prescriptive model but rather a culmination of our basic assumptions and beliefs about working with people. The fundamental beliefs, values and assumptions are that:

  • People can change
  • Empowerment of individuals in their own care
  • Respect and Dignity must be maintained at all times
  • Education and skill building is essential for sustainable change
  • Recognize and honor each person’s unique strengths and needs
  • An Individualized, Cultural and Gender Responsive, Trauma Informed and Holistic approach to treatment
  • Community connections and relational approach are key for long term success of youth, families and adults

Commitment to Equality

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.