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New Perspectives - Jun, 1995 Issue #34 

Jim McLaughlin and Guy Ascherman
Cedarville, California 

A and M Youth Services offers a temporary home for boys who need short-term, transition housing before, between or after other programs. Their goal is to provide a relaxed, secure environment in a remote area for boys to stay while parents work with private placement professionals to make long-term program decisions. They also can transport the boys to their next location. 

Cedarville is in the northeast corner of California, a very remote and rural part of the country. For example, the nearest shopping mall is 125 miles away. The cattle outnumber the people in the valley by 20 to 1, and they claim that eagles, hawks and mountain lions are not endangered species in their valley. 

Their name (A and M Youth Services) comes from the first initials of the two partners. Jim was a counselor and teacher in public schools for 16 years, spent 5 years as Academic Advisor and counselor at The Cascade School, and handles admissions for Warner Mountain School in Fort Bidwell (29 miles north) on a contract basis. Guy administered a private day school in the area. Both have 4 children, ranging from junior high age to college students. 

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