HCYR offers an individualized approach to childcare, providing a continuum of services, including intensely structured care for severely traumatized children, residential treatment in family homes for stabilizing children, program-enriched foster care for basic-needs children, transitional living for young adults ages 18-24, and life-long family-based support for all alumni.
As a child lives among us, we watch for things he does well, and for interests that persist, seeking conditions that spark motivation. Programs include an array of recreational pursuits, including horseback riding, sports, and outdoor adventure. In the arts, electives include photography, computer graphics, painting, song and poetry writing, voice and music, dance and theater. Vocational education includes cooking, sewing, woodworking, welding, landscaping, masonry, and accounting.
Often, a program is created to meet the needs of a single child. HCYR also ensures that each child receives professional attention for the wounds that cause pain and distract from life’s opportunities. Charter schools operate with the same philosophy, providing comprehensive individualized education in a healing milieu.
HCYR’s continuum of care has one additional benefit, and it’s an important one: Children need continuity of relationship over time, in addition to individualized treatment and care, in order to heal from deep traumas caused by abuse or abandonment. Our commitment to finding therapeutic and educational success, along with the best structure for daily life, also allows children to remain living with the same family of caregivers on their way to stability, graduation and adulthood.
“It takes a whole village to raise a child” is a proverb especially true of severely traumatized children, who may not respond well to the stresses of living in a single-family situation, but may respond superbly to a more complex set of choices, involving a variety of mentors and approaches, one of which may resonate with the child and allow him to find a new basis for motivation, for belonging, and for persevering.