Foster Group Care

Foster group careThe Residential Treatment Programs of Family Resources are located on the 10 acre campus known as the "Wittenmyer Youth Center" at 2800 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA. The Wittenmyer Youth Center is located off Eastern Avenue in Davenport, Iowa along the public bus route. The Wittenmyer Youth Center campus is home to enhanced Foster Group Care known as Bridge House, Leslie, SUMMIT and Victory House. These programs provide treatment for children who are unable to live in a family situation. Children residing in our facilities receive a high degree of supervision, structure, and therapeutic services.

Wittenmyer Youth Center is a non-smoking campus. Smoking is not allowed in any building, parking lot or on the grounds of campus.

Vision

An environment that challenges and empowers.

Mission

To create an empowering environment that challenges others to realize their potential and make responsible choices by believing in self:

  • Supporting one another
  • Emphasizing strengths and solutions
  • Linking resources
  • Fostering teamwork

We believe there is no such thing as a bad kid, only kids who have had bad luck and have made bad choices. Our job is to help kids get back on track, assist them in building a strong foundation for their life, and develop the behavioral habits necessary to return home or to a lower level of care. This begins by maintaining an environment which provides for the safety, security, care and well-being needs of the children in the context of their day being filled with positive, emotionally corrective, and normalizing experiences. When a past resident becomes a good neighbor, family member, parent, and citizen, then we know we have been successful.

Residential Treatment Methodology

The role of Residential Counselors is to provide behavioral management for problematic behaviors while focusing on assisting the young person in learning, applying, and realizing the motivation necessary to exhibit social skills and healthy emotional coping. Residential Counselors are hyper-vigilant, so they can catch kids doing well and then reinforce this at a ratio of at least four times for every response cost given to a child. Individual and group therapists assist the young person in developing healthy thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and perceptions as well as working through troubling emotional and mental conflicts and events.

Best practice approaches are utilized with the specialized treatment populations:

  • TruThought with youth exhibiting irresponsible thought patterns
  • Aggressive Replacement Training (ART) model to alter the behavior of aggressive youth, reduce anti-social behaviors, and offer an alternative of pro-social skills
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment is a strength based model of cognitive-behavioral therapy that teaches clients how to manage overwhelming emotions and handle distress without losing control

Intra-agency (i.e. Rape Sexual Assault Program, Domestic Violence Program) and inter-agency (i.e. psychiatric consultation through Vera French, Center for Drug and Alcohol Services) resources are incorporated into a child's treatment to help fill gaps in services not available directly by the residential programs.

Finally, but most importantly, the child's family and others important to them remain a significant part of their life through visits, phone calls, re-integration activities, collaboration, and family therapy.


Bridge House

Family Resources' Bridge House Program is a residential facility for adolescent females ages 12 to 18. The adaptable milieu management model at Bridge House enables the program to serve clients of varied intellectual and social functioning levels. We understand that girls respond to crisis in their lives differently than boys, therefore, the treatment at Bridge House is designed to meet the specific needs of girls. Most of the young women in our care have suffered some type of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. They carry varied mental health diagnoses and are acting outward/inward in destructive ways. Bridge House offers a safe place for girls to explore themselves, their feelings and their disruptive patterns of behaviors.

Program Elements

  • On-site LPHAs to conduct assessments for BHIS Services
  • On-site BHIS Service Workers for individual, group and family skill building
  • Psychiatry Service through Vera French bi-monthly for case review and medication management
  • On-site therapy services for individual and family therapy
  • Member of the Iowa Task Force for young women
  • On-site therapy services for individual and family therapy
  • "Girls Circle" research based curriculum
  • On-site vocational opportunities with our dietary and maintenance departments
  • Opportunities for community involvement through structured activities and community service projects
  • Client assistance fund available to help cover individual/family needs such as: gas money, hotel stays, bus tickets, uniform fees for organized athletics, etc.
  • Weekly Culture Group
  • Weekly Therapy Group - Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Additional Services:

  • Iowa KidsNet partner agency
  • Foster Care/Adoption Counseling
  • Pregnancy Counseling
  • Rape/Sexual Assault Counseling
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Independent living preparation
  • IA/IL Athletics Association


Leslie Program

Family Resources' Leslie Program is a secured residential setting for males ages 12 to 18 who are adjudicated delinquent and demonstrate a need for a secured setting based on criminal history, substance use, and/or history of elopement. We recognize the need for secured placement may vary, therefore we are able to offer flexible and individualized programming in order to best meet the goals of each resident. We utilize a cognitive-behavioral approach incorporating milieu, individual therapy, group therapy, families, and communities.

Program Elements

  • 16 Bed Capacity
  • On-site BHIS Service Workers for individual, group and family skill building
  • On-site LPHAs to conduct assessments for BHIS Services
  • Psychiatry Service through Vera French bi-monthly for case review and medication management
  • On-site therapy services for individual and family therapy
  • On campus learning center offering structured middle and high school level educational instruction
  • On-site vocational opportunities with our dietary and maintenance departments
  • Opportunities for community involvement through structured activities and community service projects
  • Client assistance fund available to help cover individual/family needs such as: gas money, hotel stays, bus tickets, uniform fees for organized athletics, etc.
  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Structured Recreational Activities

Additional Services:

  • Iowa KidsNet partner agency
  • Foster Care/Adoption Counseling
  • Rape/Sexual Assault Counseling
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Independent living preparation
  • IA/IL Athletics Association


S.U.M.M.I.T. Program

"Success Using Morale, Motivation, Individualized Treatment"

The S.U.M.M.I.T. Program provides residential programming for adolescent males ages 12 to 18 years old with varying backgrounds and histories of system involvement who would benefit from a short term residential stay (3-6 months). Clients are either Adjudicated Delinquent or Child in Need of Assistance and court ordered into foster group care. Clients have either acquired delinquent charges prior to placement or are experiencing such severe disruptive at home or in the community that future delinquent behavior is probable without intervention. S.U.M.M.I.T. has successfully been used either as an initial effort, prior to longer-term residential placements, or as an alternative to previously failed placements. We utilize a cognitive-behavioral approach incorporating milieu, individual therapy, group therapy, families and communities.

Program Elements:

  • 10 bed capacity
  • On-site LPHA's to conduct assessments for BHIS services
  • On-site BHIS service workers for individual, group and family skill building
  • Tru-thought accountability
  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Client assistance fund available to help cover individual/family needs such as: gas money, hotel stays, bus tickets, uniform fees for organized athletics, etc.
  • Opportunities for community involvement through structured activities and community service projects
  • On-site vocational opportunities with our dietary and maintenance departments
  • Structured recreational activities
  • Psychiatry Service through Vera French bi-monthly for case review and medication management
  • On-site therapy services for individual and family therapy

Additional Services:

  • Iowa KidsNet partner agency
  • Foster Care/Adoption Counseling
  • Rape/Sexual Assault Counseling
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Individual and family therapy
  • IA/IL Athletics Association


Victory House

Family Resources' Victory House Program is a residential facility for adolescent males ages 12 to 18. The adaptable milieu management model at Victory House enables the program to serve clients of varied intellectual and social functioning levels. The residents at Victory House have either acquired delinquent charges prior to placement or are experiencing such severe disruption at home or in the community that future delinquent behavior is probable without intervention. With that in mind, Victory House focuses on victim empathy, self-esteem and family relational issues.

Program Elements

  • 10 Bed Capacity
  • On-site LPHAs to conduct assessments for BHIS Services
  • On-site BHIS Service Workers for individual, group and family skill building
  • Psychiatry Service through Vera French bi-monthly for case review and medication management
  • On-site therapy services for individual and family therapy
  • On-site vocational opportunities with our dietary and maintenance departments
  • Opportunities for community involvement through structured activities and community service projects
  • Client assistance fund available to help cover individual/family needs such as: gas money, hotel stays, bus tickets, uniform fees for organized athletics, etc.
  • Tru-thought accountability
  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Cognitive restructuring

Additional Services:

  • Iowa KidsNet partner agency
  • Foster Care/Adoption Counseling
  • Rape/Sexual Assault Counseling
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Independent living preparation
  • IA/IL Athletics Association

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