RE: Foster Care in Alaska
By Melissa Muller
May 14, 2009
I have lived and worked with the youth, in Ketchikan, for the
past eight years. Treating their mental health. At RYC, some
of the kids come in because they are having difficulty navigating
adolescence with their families. These kids are placed at RYC
by their parents.
Other youth come in through the system. Either through Juvenile
Probation or Social Services. These are kids who may have had
horrific childhoods. Some have been sexually abused, by numerous
people. Some have witnessed severe, domestic violence. Some
have had a gun held to their head or helplessly watched a parent
endure this. Some were born with drugs in their systems. Some
have lived on the streets or been runaways for extended periods
of time. Some have had sex in middle school. A lot have used
major drugs and alcohol, some beginning at age eight or nine.
When these kids come to see me they may burn themselves, cut
themselves, act out sexually, and not trust anyone. Their behaviors
may be extreme. They may be oppositional, and reject authority.
They may not understand that they are lovable or that they deserve
to be properly cared for. A lot of these kids are very behind
in school or have severe academic difficulties.
Would you open your home to any of these youth in need of care,
love, and support? Be grateful to those in the community who
Received May 13, 2008 - Published
May 14, 2009
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