Children are generally ages five through 18 (kindergarten through high school). However, occasionally Boysville will accept younger children when they have older siblings here. Typically, brothers may live together in a boys’ cottage or sisters may live together in a girls’ cottage. This is one of the advantages of our family-based care environment. In the Emergency Shelter, children can range in age from infancy through 17 years old. The Independent Living Program is designed for older youth who range in age from 18 to their 23rd birthday.