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Nexus announces merger with Kindred Family Services

Nexus operates Mille Lacs Academy

Posted: December 23, 2012 - 10:16pm

Nexus announces merger with Kindred Family Services

Nexus, a Minnesota-based nonprofit 501(C)3 organization and leader in child and adolescent treatment services for nearly 40 years, announced a merger with Kindred Family Services, a Minnesota-based private foster care provider, effective Dec. 19.

Nexus operates residential treatment, group homes, transitional living programs and educational and vocational services in Minnesota, Illinois and Maryland for children and adolescents experiencing severe emotional and behavioral problems, exhibiting harmful sexual behaviors and requiring special services for developmental disabilities. Additionally, Nexus operates hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services in Illinois, and foster care, specialized foster care, adoption, alternative to residential treatment and home-based counseling services in Minnesota.

Kindred Family Services manages about 110 Minnesota foster homes offering therapeutic foster care, permanency planning, family support programs and a crisis nursery from regional offices in Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Monticello, Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Warroad and Willmar. Combined with Family Focus’ 80 plus homes, the merger with Kindred Family Services puts Nexus’ foster care in 62 Minnesota counties.

The affiliation of Nexus and Kindred Family Services enables Nexus to expand its treatment area for foster care and makes it the largest private foster care provider in the state, serving more children with a seamless continuum of care provided closer to youths’ home communities. The merger benefits Kindred Family Services through affiliation with a large and financially sound organization that provides economy of scale and vision of growth headed by the Nexus’ CEO and board of directors.

“Nexus is committed to serving more youth in more areas. The merger with Kindred Family Services allows us to expand Nexus’ continuum of care and provide services closer to home for youth who are transitioning through service programs,” stated Nexus CEO, David Hutchinson in a news release. “This merger will provide efficiencies in care and, most importantly, better care for Minnesota youth and support for families. We are very happy to have Kindred Family Services join the Nexus Family of Treatment Programs.”

George Hendrickson, CEO of Kindred Family Services, said: “We strongly believe that placement options should be available for all Minnesota youths close to their home communities. As a member of the Nexus family, we will be able to strengthen and expand our programs and train more families to foster youth. This will increase our ability to provide healthy outcomes for more youth and families.”

Nexus currently operates five academies with onsite schools in three states, group homes, transitional living programs and two agencies with foster care, adoption and home-based counseling services. The company also manages two inpatient psychiatric units for adolescents:

■ Mille Lacs Academy (Onamia, MN) – residential treatment for up to 88 boys ages 10-19 exhibiting harmful sexual behaviors; the academy also operates a group home for up to 8 boys.

Other facilities include: Gerard Academy, Austin; Indian Oaks Academy, Manteno, Ill.; Onarga Academy, Illinois; Family Focus in greater Minnesota; Woodbourne Center, Baltimore; Kindred Family Services, greater Minnesota.

Nexus’ corporate headquarters is located in Plymouth.