It is a scary time when any parent has to make a decision to send their child into the care of others.

The trip to Hancock with out daughter to begin her stay at The Family School was unpleasant at the very best.  This trip was proceeded by numerous stays at _____ Medical Center and _____ rehabilitation center for our daughter.  As a parent I was somewhat un-comitted to another facility due to the other facilities that did not seem to do any good for our daughter.

I was somewhat skeptical that any place could help our daughter due to the level of addiction and overall degradation that occured in her over the previous four years.  As time passed however, I noticed little changes as her stay continued at the school.  With each visit to the school and with each family visit, I could start to see the effect the school was having in a positive way for our daughter.  My skepticism tuned into optimism for the future.

Now my dear daughter has been in the care of the family (The Family School) for 18 months.  She has optimism for the furure, she has goals and direction that she did not have 18 months previously.  I attribute this change solely to The Family School./  No longer do I worry endlessly for my daughter’s well being or her future.  No more nights staying awake all night wondering how we can help her.

As my daughter prepares for graduation and prepares to leave the school, I have many mixed feelings on this.  For once our daughter has a place she feels comfortable and safe, and loved.  All the values The Family School has taught her, and our whole family, I think will last a lifetime.  So with that we are prepared for her to leave the school as a mature young woman.

It is a scary time when any parent has to make a decision to send their child into the care of others.  My advice for the parents is to give it some time and wait and see the positive changes to your loving child.  Honestly, The Family School and all the staff has saved my daughter’s life and I will always look back at these years as the most important in our whole family’s lives.

Thanks to everyone at The Family School from a grateful parent.

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One Response to It is a scary time when any parent has to make a decision to send their child into the care of others.

  1. Michael says:

    Fear of the unknown will always cause anxiety. Making as many of the unknowns a known brings people a step closer to becoming more comfortable. I can imagine how difficult it is to send my kids away to someone I don’t know for even a day or two. That would keep my up at night for sure.

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