September is National Baby Safety...
The ultimate goal for the children in our residential program is to find the love, support and permanency of a family. Whether our children are placed with a biological family member, foster family, or in a transitional living program, we remain devoted to their future success! Through our Family Transition program, MCHS commits to providing resources, crisis intervention, advocacy and support for our children and families throughout their first year “home.” Our Family Transition Coordinators develop close relationships with our children from the moment they arrive at MCHS and continue that support long after leaving our campus. This requires working one-on-one with families to gain a better understanding of how to assist them in their journey. We believe in creating an environment where every family is set up to succeed.
Mike, along with his brother and sister, entered the foster care system in June 2016 after their family became homeless as a result of their parents’ long history of substance abuse. Mike was briefly placed in an emergency shelter before being placed in a foster home with Ms. Young. Mike lived with Ms. Young for 9 months before she requested his immediate removal due to this severe behavioral issues including aggression and physical assault. Mike needed more than a foster parent could provide. Mike arrived at MCHS in May 2017. While at MCHS, Mike worked with his therapist on controlling his anger and learning how to appropriately process his emotions. After proving continued progress, Mike went back to live with Ms. Young and his two siblings in January 2018.
MCHS provided Family Transition support to Mike and his family upon leaving our residential program. There were inevitably challenges along the way, but through our continued support and guidance, MCHS family transition coordinators were able to keep Mike and his siblings together with Ms. Young. MCHS worked with Ms. Young and Mike on rebuilding their relationship by teaching them how to set clear expectations and how to communicate effectively. They were also provided wraparound and in-home therapy to help with their transition. Mike continued to show progress in many areas of life including an improvement in grades, joining the football team and positive behavior at home. In March 2019, Mike and his siblings were adopted by Ms. Young!