Collins Group Home
Collins Group Home, one of the facilities on the campus of Lutherbrook Child & Adolescent Center, was developed to provide care for youth who are ready for a less-structured setting and more community-based activities (e.g., school, recreation, work). The group home is located adjacent to the Addison community and is separated from the main Lutherbrook facility.
Services are provided to youth ranging in age from 13 to 18 at the time of admission to the program. A total of nine youth can be served at any one time. The program’s goal is to help a youth achieve a level of functioning that will enable him to resume family and community living as soon as possible. To achieve this goal, comprehensive care and treatment is provided in a home-like setting. Individual counseling is provided for each youth in addition to family and group counseling.
With guidance, the youth also have the opportunity to learn life skills and independent living skills such as cooking and cleaning, chores similar to those carried out by youth living in their own homes. These activities help the youth meet many developmental needs such as a sense of belonging and security.
Families play a key role in the therapeutic process by participating in family counseling and assisting the staff in the understanding of a youth’s behavior. Parents are encouraged to maintain contact through letters, phone calls and visits to the home.
With youth who are identified as moving on to independence rather than adoption, foster
care or a return home, particular care is taken to ensure that preparation for independent living and the development of independent living skills is an area of focus.
With youth who are identified as moving on to independence rather than adoption, foster care or a return home, particular care is taken to ensure that preparation for independent living and the development of independent living skills is an area of focus.
Assisting Youth to Transition to Independence
Independence-living training services are provided to youth age 16 and over. The professional staff works with them in a variety of ways, including:
- Determining and developing relationships to promote personal self-esteem
- Understanding and dealing with peer pressure; learning to make own decisions
- Developing personal standards of hygiene
- Becoming educated regarding drug abuse
- Developing planning and organizational skills
- Learning budget and money-management skills
- Recognizing home-safety procedures
- Understanding the need for and obtaining vocational training
- Learning about human sexuality
- Receiving information about sexually-transmitted diseases and birth control
- Learning social skills for community living