Hope you don’t mind. With the holidays and Backstage Pass Sessions each week, I got very behind on my posts. I’ll be posting back to back posts on the last two visits from before the holidays.
Session 6: Child Services
I wasn’t too sure what to expect at this session. We visited Lake Magdalene facility of Child Services that houses foster care kids that care not placed in private homes. I braced myself for heartache.
We were once again pleasantly surprised. We were welcomed with a full buffet breakfast prepared in their cafeteria of bacon, three types of eggs, fruit cups, grits, coffee, juice and water similar to wha the kids would get in the cafeteria. My favorite was the spinach omelet.
As we ate our breakfast, the director walked us through the story behind the facility. It service as both temporary and long term housing for at risk kid long with outpatient counseling. Last year they saw 312 families for outpatient counseling and 194 youth and parents received residential services.
It was amazing to see the depth of care given to kids going through the program. Everything from personalized menu planning to the extra activities available to really focus on healing the kids and helping them be all they can be. Over the last four or five years the staff, including teachers, house parents and the facility manager, has regrouped to support the kids. They have shifted from “managing” the kids with long times out and pressure to behave correctly to respecting and supporting them with healthy boundaries and giving them opportunities to stay active in positive ways.