Teaching

In our home we teach skills: social skills, coping skills, relationship building skills, independent living skills, problem solving skills.  We teach in the context of relationships in day to day life.  Most teachable moments occur in the home, in the back yard, in the vehicle, on outings, and anywhere we are spending time with our youth.  While our program does include a motivational system component, we believe that youth learn in the context of loving, respectful relationships.  We build  through quality time, listening, family outings, and making memories together though celebration of birthdays, holidays, and milestone events.  When our youth demonstrate disruptive behavior our Teaching-parents help to calm, focus, and redirect each youth in a way that demonstrates understanding of the individual youth's need, past trauma and current level of understanding and growth.

Treatment Planning

Here at RTH we develop individualized service plans for all of our youth based on their current needs and areas they need to grow in.  As a treatment team our Teaching-parents meet each week to review progress and communicate regarding youth development and growth.  The RTH administrative director, group home director, and lead Teaching parents work together with placing agencies, therapists, school , involved family,  and other professionals  that are a part of each youth's life to support growth and improvement through our program, counseling, and any other agreed upon services.

Counseling

We work together with professional therapists at Community Teaching Homes Behavioral Health to provide diagnostic services, as well as on-going individualized therapy for our youth.  Group sessions are available to address and educate regarding sexually reactive and offensive behaviors.  RTH professionals meet monthly to consult with CTH professionals in a formal consultation.  Weekly contact and communications is maintained as well through face to face interaction, phone calls and emails.  The professional counselors at CTH are experienced at working with youth in foster and group homes and are trained accordingly to the special needs of this population. For more information on Community Teaching Homes visit:  www.cthohio.org

 

Christmas tree & gifts

Making Childhood Memories

Our youth are living out part of their childhood while they are in our home.  We want their time in our care to have good memories.  We celebrate every birthday and every holiday with special decorations, games, and activities.  We take lots of pictures and make personal scrapbooks for our boys.  We have family style dinners, family movies, and game nights.  While our family may be unusual we try hard to make our youth feel special and appreciated.  Many people ask what we do for Christmas and other holidays.  We do the same things most families do.  We fix a big meal, we decorate, we exchange gifts.  We give and we teach our youth to give to others as well.

Schedules

We have a busy but well planned schedule in our home.  Our youth have a daily routine for school days, weekends, holidays and summer time.  We have 10 boys that all have special needs, lots of professionals visiting them, lots of counseling and doctor appointments to go to and lots of fun things to do.  Some of our youth have family and prospective adoptive parents visit and former foster parents stop in from time to time as well.   When planning to visit we respectfully ask that you call ahead or email our administrative office to ensure that there is time for an uninterrupted visit.  We appreciate your consideration.  Youth are only allowed visits with people approved by their caseworker and/or guardian.

Professional visits

If you are a youth caseworker, IL worker, WWK or adoption worker, CASA, GAL, attorney, Education specialists,  supervisor and need to visit a youth please contact Cheryl in our office.  If you represent a county and are seeking a contract for services with RTH and would like to arrange a site visit contact Laura Richmeier.  (info on home page)