Group Homes for Troubled Girls
The phrase "group home" has meant multiple things over the last several decades. Initially, group homes were assistive living programs for the mentally or physically disabled. After that, group homes were used to describe foster care establishments. However, while the usage mentioned above of group homes is still in use, within the last twenty years, group homes have more popularly evolved into a trending restorative treatment style for troubled teenage girls.
Romans 5:17 "For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ."
Those who acknowledge the viability of group homes do so because of the environmental aspect of these programs. However, as its title suggests, group homes operate more like residences than residential treatment programs.
This home-like setting permits the staff of group homes to operate and behave as a family. This personal form of mentorship and counseling functions on a few different but coexisting levels.
Romans 5:15 "But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many."
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Firstly, teenage girls (who more than likely were not adept at functioning in their own homes) can learn how to act in a family unit successfully.
Secondly, the small group of staff and the limited number of troubled teen residents encourage bonding and more one-on-one attention from counselors. As a result, they are better prepped for returning home after spending months or even a year in a simulated home.
"But one whom you forgive anything, I also forgive; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ." 2 Corinthians 2:10
Thanks to their preparatory elements, Group homes are oftentimes used in simultaneousness with more traditional-styled residential treatment programs as a successive treatment where teens (who have already spent nine months to a year at a regular facility) live there for a few months before returning home. In addition, however, there are plenty of group homes that operate on their own.
The Cons of Group Homes
While there are seemingly numerous pros to sending your teenage child to a group home, these facilities are not without their unique limits and overall downsides. For example, due to their small size, group homes usually don't have the academic aids or curriculum level compared to, say, therapeutic boarding schools.
Group homes are also typically expensive, even when compared to residential treatment facilities or boarding schools. This is primarily thanks to the fact that 24-hour live-in staff is costly to employ and that any type of insurance does not cover most group homes.
What's more, group homes are also known to have an extensive waiting list (due to their small size). Unfortunately, due to the inherently dangerous nature of troubled teen behaviors, time is of the essence when it comes to finding adequate treatment, invaluable time that group homes generally do not have the luxury of capitalizing on.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35
Clearview Girls Academy: a viable alternative to group homes for troubled teens
For 20 years, the Clearview therapeutic boarding school has helped young women solve complex emotional issues such as attachment disorders, attention deficit, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-destructive or antisocial behavior, and issues involved with adoption.
We will help your daughter get past her emotional and trauma struggles, as we have done for many others. Please inquire online or call us.
Additionally, unlike group homes, Clearview Girls Academy offers insurance such as Blue Cross, Providence, and United Health Care, to name a few.
Troubled teens usually find it challenging to loosen up and show well-hidden painful emotions and circumstances. The leading group homes allow teenage girls to work on matters related to:
- Developing and sustaining relationships or associations with others
- Emotional IQ
- Impulse management
- Problem-solving capabilities
- Social aptitudes
- Establish trust in others
- Entrust in self
"May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance." - 2 Thessalonians 3:5
MasterNet and Group Homes for Girls
MasterNet is staffed by those who are called to provide parents of troubled teenage girls with the guidance and healing powers of the Holy Spirit. Our staff has decades' worth of combined experience, has seen it all, and is prepared for anything and everything. Equal parts guidance counselor, spiritual mentor, and crisis manager, our expert staff are employed to protect our students from harm and guide them back to the path God has set for them. We encourage parents looking for a treatment program for their daughters to learn about our recommended programs, and what we have to offer, and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Romans 5:8-11 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation."