Words From Our Founder – Dawn Bauer

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Making the decision to seek out-of-home placement is quite possibly the most difficult decision a parent will ever face. I have personally experienced this gut wrenching decision…the one to physically separate from one of my most prized possessions, my child, and allow additional support and professionals to assist in the emotional healing necessary. As an advocate, I have had the privilege of serving hundreds of families throughout the United States in locating the appropriate program for their adolescent, teenager or young adult.

I can remember so well the day that I sat where you are now as a parent…fingers typing on the key board desperately seeking an answer. My ear glued to the phone listening to the advice given by professionals who truly ‘got it’! I even wondered if they had hidden cameras in my house and had secretly been watching our family crumble due to the challenges we each faced under the circumstances. With tears streaming down my face and my heart feeling as if it could break into a thousand pieces, I knew that I had to make a decision. I knew that I must take a pro-active step and no more reactive steps. I had to stop enabling and begin equipping my son who couldn’t seem to find his way out of the prison of anger, low self-esteem and self-destructive behaviors.

I say all of this to reassure you that you aren’t alone. I truly do empathize with where you are but can also tell you that there truly is help! There is hope for your situation. Making the call, facing the reality of your situation and determining what program to enroll your child is much like removing the splinter that is festering…it will be painful to insert the needle but once removed, the healing begins. And so it is with your situation! There is pain either way but remaining trapped in the place you are now is far more painful than the bold step to step out in faith and find help!

Please read through our information, complete our confidential assessment and allow The Family Hope Line to meet you at your point of need and be the bridge of hope that transitions your family from struggle to healing!

With Faith, Hope & Love…Dawn


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