Adopted teens and their parents have special emotional needs. Very often the teen and parent are not aware of their areas of vulnerability, and can be emotionally triggered at times.
The style of the adoptive family, the teen’s comfort level with their own early history, risk factors to the child prior to placement, and how previous separations have been experienced can greatly impact a child’s departure for outdoor therapeutic wilderness treatment or placement in a residential therapeutic program.
How adoption has been normalized in the family is key to how all parties deal with big change. Making the decision to send your adopted child off to treatment may be one of the most difficult decisions a parent may have to make.
Parents wonder: “Am I doing the right thing?”, “Will my child be safe?”, “Can I trust the staff?”
We understand that this can be a very stressful time for you and we are available to help you wherever you live. At any given time, about one-half of teens and young adults who come to the Horizon Family Solutions offices are adopted.
Most of the teens have many common issues such as; academic struggles / learning challenges (disabilities), psychiatric and emotional issues, behavioral issues, and substance use/abuse among others.
Not every child who is adopted has adoption or attachment issues. For those that do, at a fundamental level, our mission is to help children feel safe, seen, and valued, and to adjust to the challenges of being, or having been, moved from one family to another. Many of the children we serve have spent years in foster homes, orphanages, residential centers, or hospitals. Dr. Frances understands the interactions and needs of complex blended families, and provides the skills, tools, and talent required to help families build stronger and healthier family units.
Casework practice in out-of-home care involves working with the children and youth in placement.
It includes assessing strengths and needs, developing case plans (also called service plans, treatment plans, and permanency plans), implementing and monitoring case plan activities, and closing cases. These tasks often are accomplished through teamwork.
Team members may include the Dr. Frances as the case manager; Emily Long as the Parent Coach, the birth parents; the foster parent, relative caregiver, or residential staff (depending on where the child is placed); treatment providers (such as counselors); and others.
Casework practice involves frequent contact between the case worker and child or family to work together toward achieving the goals identified in the case plan. Decisions about where to place a child in out-of-home care are made by considering the child’s needs and strengths, the skills of the available caretakers or facilities, and the child’s prospects for permanency in returning to their family.
Horizon Family Solutions strives to minimize the number of treatment placements.
We are available whenever you need us, every day, including weekends and holidays. Please contact us for more information about our services.
There is NEVER any pressure when you call us, and there is absolutely NO obligation on your part for the initial call. All calls are confidential and we are here to help you for as long as it takes, from beginning to end.
Dr. Frances was adopted at birth and specializes in assisting families with adopted children or those struggling with attachment disorders. You may reach her by calling 303-448-8803.