Thursday, December 11, 2008

Helping Troubled Teens (and maybe preteens, too)

Today's New York Times features a story about Florida's efforts to intervene early with families where youth and teens are acting out, but before there's a need to bring in child welfare or the criminal system.

Teens can stay in structured, temporary shelter for up to two weeks, while receiving counseling and learning about anger management and social skills. Families who call the system can also receive free or low-cost counseling and referrals even without having a child stay.

This is a bit like Casa Tepeyac/Boys and Girls Town of Chicago here in the neighborhood, but different in some important ways. The explicit goal of Florida's program is to reunite the child with his/her family and stay in the community. Casa Tepeyac is beginning to do some outreach to families here but it is in the early stages.

Which reminds me that they told me to have Joey's mom call and they would try to help her, and then I went out of town and she and I haven't said boo to each other since I got back. Hopefully I will catch her by Sunday and we can call them.


Erin said...

it sounds similar in some respects to the Safe Families program through LYDIA house. My husband and I just signed on with that, which is daunting but exciting. :)

Maritza said...

I have heard very good things about Lydia's program. Kudos to you and the mister for taking on that responsibility--that's way more intense than anything I do around here.

YALIK said...

The boarding schools are offering lots of innovative and adventurous programs to the students. They have many surprises for troubled teens in this school. It is one of the fines school for stress teens .

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