Common issues for our residents include family conflicts, difficulty following rules, poor decision-making and coping skills, poor school performance and truancy, and minor legal offenses. While they may need special education or behavioral assistance, they should be able to attend public school.
A referral may be made by a case worker or parent, or representative of the court. An initial screening will be conducted by the Program Manager, Therapist or Director regarding the reasons for the request and the appropriateness of the child for Group Home level of care. Psychological evaluations, social summaries, and other relevant documents are requested when available, but since some of our referrals are for those awaiting such assessments and evaluations, they are not required for admission.
Residents are usually placed at the Group Home by the Juvenile Court Judge. However, we also serve children placed for child protective custody (victims of abuse) and private placements can also be arranged.
Youths that are not appropriate for admission to the Group Home have:
- Recent history of violent episodes
- Severe developmental limitations
- Less than 10 years of age
- Active suicidal tendencies
- Severe psychiatric conditions that have not been stabilized by medication
- Need for substance detoxification
- Major medical problems that have not been stabilized