You have a lot of concerns as a parent. It has reached the point where you believe a transition program is really the best choice for your young adult.
You know your young adult needs more than you’re able to provide. But you still have a lot of questions:
- Is this the right kind of program?
- Will he or she learn the necessary skills for independent living?
- Does the staff truly care about your young adult’s success?
- Will your young adult make friends and find things to do that he or she enjoys?
c The process is just as much about figuring out whether or not we are a good fit for your young adult’s needs as it is about determining if he or she will be accepted into the program. We’ve found questions like the above are shared by many parents, so would like to address them here.
We work hard to hire staff members who are qualified for their roles, but also care about the young adults entrusted to us and their progress. Our staff members are not judgmental about the difficulties faced by the students in our program and do what they can to help students overcome those difficulties.
At least one member of our staff is available at all hours of the day, seven days a week. If at any point your young adult needs assistance or even just someone to talk to, they can call.
Your young adult needs more than an education and a job to thrive on their own. They also must understand the importance of time management, keeping the house clean, and paying bills on time. Participating in classes that teach these skills is an integral part of our program.
By assigning roommates, we provide students with an initial connection within the program. At the same time, students have someone else around to remind them to keep up with these chores.
Just as life skills are required, so are our social activities. Being able to interact with others is something many of our students struggle with. Being around others who have similar problems will encourage your young adult to develop relationships. With the wide range of students we accept into the program, they will meet people they connect with, and who have different strengths and weaknesses.
By making these events required, we also prevent your young adult from falling back into the same behaviors that led to your enrolling them in our program.
Have Other Questions?
This post is by no means an exhaustive list of everything parents worry about when it comes to choosing a transition program. Many of your questions will be specific to your young adult’s situation. We always welcome questions from prospective families, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon!