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This program operates on a house-parented, group-care model for young people who are dealing with diverse psychological, social and emotional issues. Their families are often struggling to provide support as the youth approaches adulthood. In a family-like setting, this program provides services for youth with clinical, supervision or peer issues who can benefit from a smaller setting with more supervision than a foster home might provide.
There are four youth (ages 14-17) living at Collingwood at any given time, and two youth (ages 16-17) residing in the 14th Street location, which prepares them for a successful transition to adulthood.
The 14th Street program is attached to Collingwood as a supported independence program. It was a service that was missing from our agency’s continuum back in 2003, when Wood’s Homes wanted to continue assisting youth in being successful while still connected to our services.
House parents reside in the homes with the youth, supported by staff members. All of the youth tend to be dealing with issues including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, school/academic difficulties, drug involvement and parent-adolescent conflict.