“These kids literally have no place to go. It was essential that we developed a solution to assist the growing number of children in our region who need transitional care,” said Todd Emmons, CEO & President, Spaulding Academy & Family Services.
NORTHFIELD, N.H. (PRWEB) March 10, 2021
Spaulding Academy & Family Services (formerly Spaulding Youth Center) has opened Wednesday House, a transitional housing option for children in its care. The first of its kind for the organization, Wednesday House provides children the opportunity to live in a home-like environment while awaiting foster care placement or returning to their families.
Wednesday House now serves six children ages six to 16 – with capacity for ten children – in a home and in-law apartment that Spaulding Academy & Family Services recently purchased and renovated. They learn independent living skills, including laundry and cooking, under the supervision of the 24-hour on-site residential staff. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the residents currently participate in remote learning on campus through their home school districts and supported by staff.
“We’re grateful to Spaulding for developing this new program, which will allow young people the opportunity to stay connected with their home schools and communities, while DCYF continues to work toward finding permanency for the children living in Wednesday House,” said Joseph Ribsam, director of the Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “DCYF is always looking for more foster parents, particularly those willing to serve adolescents, sibling groups, and children with special needs.”
Wednesday House is located adjacent to the Spaulding Academy & Family Services campus on nearly 13 acres of land, which is connected by walking trails. Residents have access to services from Spaulding Academy & Family Services clinicians, family workers, board certified behavior analysts (BCBA), and nurses.
“These kids literally have no place to go. It was essential that we developed a solution to assist the growing number of children in our region who need transitional care,” said Todd Emmons, CEO & President, Spaulding Academy & Family Services. “This expansion of our residential capabilities allows us to serve even more children, providing them with a supportive, family-like setting and individualized services, while preparing them to successfully live independently.”
For more information about Spaulding Academy & Family Services and its comprehensive special education services, visit SpauldingServices.org.
ABOUT SPAULDING ACADEMY & FAMILY SERVICES
Spaulding Academy & Family Services is a leading provider of educational, residential, therapeutic and community-based programs and services for families, and children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning or developmental challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and those who have experienced significant trauma, abuse or neglect. Established in 1871, Spaulding Academy & Family Services is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formerly known as Spaulding Youth Center since 1958. Our scenic hilltop campus is located on more than 500 acres in Northfield, NH and welcomes boys and girls from ages 4 to 21 from around the state of New Hampshire and beyond. In addition to programs provided on our Northfield campus, Spaulding’s community-based programs include foster family licensing, Individual Service Option (ISO) foster care, ISO in-home services, child health support services, and more for children ages 0 to 20 and their family. For information about Spaulding Academy & Family Services, visit http://www.SpauldingServices.org.