Ground-breaking Partnership Offers Greater Long-term Success to Troubled Teens and Families

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Educational Consulting Services and Homeward Bound Join Forces to Provide Better Aftercare Treatment to More Families of Struggling Teens

Despite economic downturns, many families across the country are still in desperate need of help for their troubled teens, and a new partnership between placement and consulting firm, Education Consulting Services (ECS), and after-care experts, Homeward Bound, offers these families the assistance they need to achieve greater long-term success.

"We have been impressed, as many of our clients have been, with Homeward Bound's professionalism and positive outcomes," said Dr. George Posner, founder of ECS and director of eastern services. "Many of our families have credited their teen's successful transition home to the aftercare support they received as a family from Homeward Bound. We believe our partnership will allow us to further improve the overall outcome for ECS families."

Through this partnership, ECS will be able to custom-design comprehensive aftercare plans for its clients with the help of transition specialists at Homeward Bound. All ECS clients will receive a complimentary subscription to Homeward Bound's online collaboration, communication, and parent education tool called The Family Bridge. Other available aftercare resources include in-home coaching, 24-hour professional support, and parenting seminars.

"The Family Bridge is truly innovative," said Sarah Finney, a licensed marriage and family therapist and director of western services at ECS. "We've never seen anything like it and are excited to offer this feature to every family we work with."

In addition to offering greater success through aftercare treatment and support, the partnership between ECS and Homeward Bound may also help to make treatment options more affordable for families.

"By including intensive in-home services and multi-systemic support as an option within the overall treatment plan, treatment lengths can be shortened," said Dr. Tim Thayne, founder and CEO of Homeward Bound. "This makes the placement of troubled teens in out-of-home treatment settings more financially feasible to a larger number of families than ever before."

For more information about Homeward Bound's aftercare services or its partnership with ECS, contact Tim Thayne at Homeward Bound.

About Homeward Bound:
Created in response to a need for more effective aftercare help for troubled teens, Homeward Bound is recognized as the industry leader in aftercare and transition management. The company's innovative, evidence-based aftercare program helps teens and families bridge the gap between out-of-home treatment and the return to real life. For more than three years, Homeward Bound has assisted teens and their families throughout North America in navigating the transition process and achieving long-term success, unity, and happiness.

About Educational Consultant Services:
Established in 1994, Educational Consulting Services (ECS) advises and guides families from across the U.S., Canada and abroad seeking solutions for children and other family members with emotional, behavioral, learning or substance-abuse issues that require intensive support and intervention. ECS has offices in New York and Utah and can be found on the web at


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