Children’s Harbor provides a residential, family-style group home for long-term foster children in addition to community-based outreach services for the prevention of abuse and neglect. The residential program provides a home for 34 children, accommodating large sibling groups, pregnant and parenting teen foster care mothers and their babies, and focuses on keeping family networks together and support systems in tact during a time of crisis in a child’s life. The children’s homes utilize a house parent model that provides a consistent, stable home-like environment encouraging children to build safe, trusting relationships with adults and their peers and reduce the social and emotional barriers of trauma. Children’s Harbor provides a specialized residential sibling program that houses sibling groups removed from their homes and remain together in foster care as a family unit, reducing the trauma that results from feelings of separation anxiety and abandonment that many siblings involved in the child welfare system face.
Children’s Harbor Academic & Life Skills Program provides essential academic and life skills education to each of the children who reside on our campus. The program focuses on three issues we believe can change the trajectory of their lives: education, life skills, and a successful transition to independence. An array of age-appropriate, comprehensive services is provided to all, designed to inspire them to rise above the adversities they face and succeed in life- from life skills education, to academic advocacy and support, to financial literacy, career exploration, and employment opportunities. A Life Coach assesses each child’s academic and life skill levels, and develops educational plans and interventions designed to improve their school performance. The Life Coach monitors children’s grades, meets with teachers and guidance counselors, attends open houses, checks on homework, assignments and projects, and arranges educational outings. Group sessions with the Life Coach and community partners teach children 13 years of age and older a variety of life skills they need to become self-reliant, ranging from communication and problem solving, to managing a household, to finding and keeping a job. Pregnant and/or parenting foster teens are taught the parenting and independent living skills they need to become self-sufficient and break the intergenerational cycle of abuse and neglect. he educational objectives of Children’s Harbor Academic and Life Skills Program is to ensure that all foster children and youth have an enriched school experience. Last fiscal year, children participated in many extracurricular activities, including Track & Field, Basketball, Varsity Football, Drama and Art. 93% of children maintained passing grades, improved test scores or improved academically in school based on grade average or GED progress; and 100% of eligible students were promoted to the next grade or received their GED.