Youth on the Denton campus live in two cottages, each containing eight single rooms. Both living units utilize natural light and bright vibrant colors throughout their design. Shared common areas (pictured above and below) help create a sense of community within the unit and provide practical space to teach life skills, such as cooking, laundry, and computer/internet use.
TREATMENT GOALS & NEXT STEPS
No matter how a child came to be in our care, our goal is to create an environment where they can grow to be successful members of their families and communities. It is important to note, however, that the programming for youth served by BCC’s residential program is designed around their ultimate plan for discharge. We know that our team can never replace a family, and we work very hard to structure programming to support whatever the appropriate next step is for that youth.
There are a wide variety of options the treatment team may consider as they craft the immediate therapeutic goals as well as the discharge plan. For example, some youth will ultimately be reunited with their families (either immediate or extended), while others will move from BCC’s residential program setting to another treatment setting. This could be a more intense treatment environment or a less intense one, such as placement in a group home or treatment foster care home.
FAMILY INVOLVEMENT & VISITS
The definition of ‘family ‘varies greatly from child to child. At BCC we define family as anyone who cares for the well being of the youth in our care. All of BCC’s social workers are trained to conduct family therapy sessions either via phone or, preferably, in person. The clinical building on campus has space specifically designed for family therapy. Depending on the discharge plan and treatment progress, weekend home visits can be scheduled for the residents.
Our clinical team works closely with the youth to determine who their sources of support are and makes sure they are part of the treatment team. Each youth in care has an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP), and the ‘family’ is invited approximately every 90 days to progress meetings. Youth who successfully progress through their treatment plans have campus home visits scheduled (BCC provides transportation to and from the home).
SAMPLE PROGRAMING SCHEDULE
The programming schedule for each campus and group home is slightly different. Below is a sample outline of a day’s activities at our residential campus. During the summer months the youth who are not in summer school can often be found volunteering, enjoying the summer camp experience on our campus, or finding an internship to gain work experience.
6:30am – Wake-Up and morning chores
7:00am – Personal Hygiene and Health Suite Appointments
7:30am – Breakfast
8:00am – School
2:45pm – Afternoon Snack
3:00pm – Group meetings
3:30pm – Therapy and/or Health Suite Appointments
4:00pm – Free time and/or recreation
4:30pm – Boys Dinner
5:00pm – Chores, Group activity, free time and/or therapy
5:30pm – Girls Dinner
6:00pm – Study Hour and/or Tutoring
7:00pm – Recreation / Spiritual Life / Therapy and/or Phone time
8:00pm – Evening snack
8:30pm – Bedtime Routine
The Denton campus is situated on a former farm and offers abundant fishing opportunities, in addition to two outdoor basketball courts and a softball field. The expansive fields surrounding the campus are used for kickball, whiffle ball, soccer and bike riding.
Local partnerships with community-based programs provide additional recreational activities. Special thanks go to the YMCA, local sports camps, and to our United Methodist Church partners for their ongoing support of our youth.
Denton campus youth attend local community schools in Caroline County that best serve their educational needs.
A multi-disciplinary professional team provides behavioral health and therapeutic supports. The staff includes child care workers, clinicians, supervisors and recreational staff. The youth see a BCC psychiatrist and receive medical services from community providers.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
Do you have an upcoming community fair, extra tickets to an event, or another great idea for our youth to participate in? Please call or email us (contact information below)!
Alexandra Huss, LMSW
Centralized Admissions Coordinator, Therapist
Board of Child Care
3300 Gaither Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
Agency Cell: 410-487-1337
Board of Child Care’s programs is open to any individual regardless of their religious beliefs. Read more about Spiritual Life programming and BCC’s affiliation with the United Methodist Church.