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 understands the magnitude of healing and change that is brought about through the parent-child relationship and the increased opportunities to make the most of “therapeutic moments.” With this in mind, Quinte Children’s Homes fashioned their program so that both primary care and treatment were delivered through Parent Therapists.
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;
Foster Homes and Parent Therapists
Our foster homes focus on selecting Parent Therapists for their professional credentials (i.e., college diploma or university degree related to social services and/or health sciences) and their unique parenting styles and characteristics.
Parent Therapist Foster Care Program Support
We support the foster care family through extensive training and multidisciplinary clinical consultations, along with individual and group counseling for youth who would benefit from these techniques. Finally, we provide extensive staff support to assist the Parent Therapists in managing their foster homes and access to an alternative school day treatment program for those children who are unable to maintain a placement in the public education system.