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Over the years, we have worked with parents who are lawyers, judges, psychologists, psychiatrists, and college professors – in short, expert researchers. Even people with these skills, when they bring in the list of programs that they have found via their own internet research, are surprised to hear the true reputations and histories of some of the programs in which they are interested. Also, some of the best programs that we refer to either don’t have websites or are extremely hard to find because they are constantly full via word-of-mouth referrals.

 In reality out-of-home placements for young people is a multi-billion dollar industry and programs are doing all kinds of things (some impeccably ethical and others unethical) to generate business. It’s a cliché, for sure, but it is VERY relevant in this case – Tthere is no such thing as a free lunch”  Anyone you find on the internet has an agenda that is influencing the advice that they are giving you. It makes intuitive sense doesn’t it? The programs who market extensively on the internet are doing so because they need to drive business to themselves. If you are talking to a specific program’s admissions director, you are talking to a salesperson for that program. While they might be an impeccably ethical and compassionate person, their FIRST loyalty is to their program.

That’s precisely why we work directly for families. We have no confusion as to our objective: to help families make well-informed, wise decisions. Much like going into a court room without a lawyer or buying a house without a real estate agent, you are “shopping” in an industry that is very complex and impossible to understand without wise, experienced, well-trained counsel. 

Finally, one of the most important things to consider is that your child's specific fit into a type of program is hugely important. We will assess your child's needs, teach you about the different levels of care in the industry, help you make an informed decision and help you pick the best therapist for your child at the program you choose, which can make all the difference in the world.