AMIkids Crossroads is a residential care program serving boys in the foster care system who have experience numerous failed placements, averaging 15 but some as many as 50. From 1986 to 2012, AMIkids Crossroads served kids involved in the juvenile justice system. Over the years, AMIkids Crossroads helped over 1,500 youth and their families, boasting a very high success rate. As we work with foster care boys, our program encompasses all of the previous successful programming and adds an enhanced sense of normalcy for kids whose experience has been anything but normal.
It is preferable to place foster kids with families but sometimes that does not work. The boys at AMIkids Crossroads have had multiple failed foster care placements and have been difficult to place due to behavioral issues, legal charges, or have been runaways from previous foster placements. Many are academically challenged, have therapeutic needs, and often struggle with social and life skills. The combination of original behavioral issues compounded by inadequate and frequently changing home life leaves these boys struggling. Often these boys have been given up as 'bad kids' surely destined for the juvenile system. AMIkids Crossroads provides the positive nurturing home environment which they desperately need. The changes we've seen in these boys have been astounding.
Traditional methods of isolation and punishment for misbehavior are not suitable for boys in these circumstances. The AMIkids approach puts the kid's needs first and provide them guidance and opportunities many of them haven’t had in the past. Many of our boys have run from previous foster placements so we put a direct focus on establishing trust with our kids. Our diverse, positive, and caring staff are able to reach our kids through relationships and by being positive role models, training our kids in trust building and integrity.
AMIkids Crossroads uses the evidence-based, research-driven AMIkids Personal Growth Model © in offering dynamic programs and comprehensive services to treat each kid's unique issues, primarily focusing on education, behavior modification, and treatment.
Through the AMIkids Personal Growth Model ©, youth are provided the opportunity to transform their lives through positive and motivating programming that inspires learning, leadership and personal growth.
Caring, positive role models at AMIkids Crossroads provide youth the tools they need to transition into a successful home placement or an independent living program. Working together with biological families, foster families, adoptive families and community resources, AMIkids Crossroads’ goal is to help youth find an appropriate, long-term placement.
To achieve these goals, AMIkids Crossroads offers:
Comprehensive Mental Health Services
- Anger Replacement training
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Gender-specific Treatment
- Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Behavior Modification through a Rewards-Based System
Vocational and Employability Skills Development
- Casey Life Skills
- Industry-recognized Certification Courses
Hands-on Learning through Experiential Opportunities
To achieve a stable and enriched learning environment, to provide the “tools” to the boys so they can survive in the world. To teach each boy what society expects from them and what they should expect from themselves along with learning to love who they are. We are their family and AMIkids Crossroads is their home.
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