There is no tried and true parenting manual for raising your child, let alone a child that may have a mental illness. We, at Midwest Center for Youth and Families, understand that. We also know that you are not alone–your child is one of many experiencing a mental health or emotional/behavioral problem that impacts their ability to successfully function at home, in school, or in their community.
Parents who have just been given advice to consider residential treatment for their child experience a lot of conflicting feelings during this time—guilt, frustration, anger, sadness, or a feeling of failure as a parent—all normal feelings. We realize, during this time of crisis, you are trying to make the best decision you can for your child.
Helping your child requires you to be equipped with information and tools to make informed decisions. To assist families in learning about residential treatment and how to go about choosing the right treatment program, we’ve created “A Parent’s Toolkit—Decision Making for Residential Treatment”.
In this toolkit, we’ve provided information to help you make an informed decision about using a residential facility to provide secured treatment for your child. We know this is not all of the information you will ever need, but it’s a good starting point.
Please feel free to contact us if you want to talk to someone about your options. You can reach us by calling 888-629-3471 to discuss your child’s needs and explore what we can do to help. Additionally, you may find support and answers by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Additionally, you can find support and information in your community. Here’s some ideas for where to start: