2020: Steph Timeline
Major Events: Moved to a group home (in the midst of a global pandemic and a state-wide stay-at-home order)
Stephanie has been given another opportunity at a group home. It is a luxury placement and we are hopeful that with maturity she now has the capacity to live in a family setting. Group homes help children learn to live within a family environment. At this group home, the adults in the house are called Family Teachers. Their role is to teach residents how to live in a family.
There is an onsite school, as well as an opportunity to attend public school. The therapy is rooted in DBT, which is a good fit for Stephanie.
It is so difficult for her to live in relationship with others. They are working with Stephanie on:
- Accepting feedback and consequences.
- Following instructions.
- Accepting decisions.
- Waiting to express feelings and disagreeing appropriately rather than having the last word in the moment.
This is a familiar list and one that we have been working on since we adopted her.
Our first impression is the philosophy of this placement mirrors ours when it comes to family life and the way to live in relationship with others. They seem to value looking at the person a child can become, rather than judging on the past. We hope Stephanie has the capability to accept the norms and responsibilities of a more independent way of life.
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