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Commonly Asked Questions

Below are some commonly asked questions of families. Spend some time reading over this invaluable information as you maybe pondering the exact same questions.

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It is natural for teens to minimally test authority and have a slight change in attitude, perspective and involvement with the family. The signs that it isn’t “typical” are blatant disrespect, continual challenging of the family rules, sneaking, lying, total lack of motivation, entitlement, drastic change in attire, and changing friends. You may also see behaviors that are completely uncharacteristic of your teen’s personality which could suggest the possibility of drug and/or alcohol experimentation.

By providing the requested information on our assessment form or contacting us by phone, we will be able to properly suggest programs that fit the description of your teen’s struggles, their personality, and the family dynamics. Your ability to convey your current situation is vital and the key to finding the correct source of help for your teenager.

In our experience, it is best to not discuss your considerations until you have selected a program. Also, based on the behaviors and the level of need of the teen, it may be in the best interest to use a transport service to handle the transition and not discuss this decision with your teen. When teens are struggling and exhibiting manipulative behaviors, bringing in an outside professional defuses the situation and minimizes the potential for manipulative behaviors and even physical danger. Remember, making the decision to seek help was prompted because you are living with an irrational, struggling teenager, so the likelihood of having a rational conversation about seeking help is very minimal. Air on the side of caution and speak to our advocates about which approach is best in the current circumstances.

We are incredibly empathetic in your current situation and have invested much time researching and visiting various types of programs. Based on our assessment, we will better know which program to recommend and will also facilitate in the admission and enrollment process. This eliminates extra stress at a time when emotionally, you are already challenged. Also, there is a fear in the uncertainty of the entire process and having an advocate assist you will add a level of comfort and knowledge.

Depending on the type of program, the length of stay can vary. All is dependent on the level of negative and destructive behaviors that are being exhibited by the teen and the corresponding need.

The cost for out-of-home placement can be a significant investment. Our advocates have been trained to identify programs that consider the financial needs of the family. Most programs will help you to find alternative sources of funding.