The Quinte Children’s Homes’ Mission
Quinte Children’s Homes’ Mission is to provide a range of treatment services to children and youth, who would benefit from an environment that encourages growth, change and positive interaction in the family, community and within the rights and responsibilities of each individual.
Quinte Children’s Homes recognises the need for parent-therapist services as a means of providing children and adolescents with a structured and consistent family environment focusing on the development of positive relationships, social skills, academic/occupational skills, family values and morality. The treatment program is designed to assist children and adolescents who have a wide range of emotional, psychological and/or behavioral problems and enable them to obtain the highest level of functioning to which they are capable.
Our approach is one of commitment and common sense, along with a current clinical perspective on the young people in our care. Quinte Children’s Homes believes in a partnership with the referral source and the community in order to provide the best possible service to each young person and their family. When in the best interest of the child, QCH aims to work with the appropriate parties to promote contact with the natural family and, when indicated, to assist in the child’s repatriation to the family home.
The distinctive component of all Quinte Children’s Homes programs is the development and use of Parent Therapists to provide substitute family life experiences, together with treatment services for the child, in a home environment. The experiences essential to achieving maturity and the ability to initiate and sustain a family of one’s own are inherent in family living and include the following:
- Emotional relationships of the child with other members of the family, relatives and friends;
- Socialization of the child in learning modes of behavior and expectations of their cultural group;
- Observation of family roles and adult patterns of behavior that provide models for a home and a family;
- Sharing of responsibility for housekeeping chores, for purchases and for management and physical maintenance of a home;
- Living in a community based home, and participating in community activities;
- Parent Therapists are supported by on-call staff, which are available at the Parent Therapists’ discretion for emergency relief, therapeutic intervention and crisis intervention;
- An enhanced clinical component that provides clinical/psychological evaluations, program consultations, individual and group therapies, and crisis management.
In 1999, Mr. Jeffrey J. Waplak joined with Terry Stevenson to form Stevenson, Waplak & Associates. Stevenson, Waplak & Associates is a team of mental health professionals. Clients are offered a dedicated staff with specialized experience and designation in Psychiatry, Psychology, Counseling, Psychometry and Social Work. Stevenson, Waplak & Associates now provides services to more than 200 clients per year.
In 1999, Stevenson, Waplak & Associates‘ expertise in residential treatment was partnered with the residential management skills of Mr. Michael Schmidt to form Quinte Children’s Homes. Quinte Children’s Homes fashioned their program so that both primary care and treatment were delivered through Parent Therapists. Now, Quinte Children’s Homes helps more than 80 Children and Youth per year through its network of 35 Parent Therapy Foster Homes.
In 2002, Quinte Children’s Homes and Stevenson, Waplak & Associates developed a specialized Day Treatment Program and a partnership was created with Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, to provide educational and day treatment services to clients unable to attend community schools. Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning now helps 20 to 30 children per school year to continue learning, while offering a treatment plan that addresses their emotional and behavioural problems, and charts a path for their return to community school.