The agony of planning to send my child away

I step into Martha’s office. She is dressed in what looks like a Chanel suit. She’s definitely old Richmond–in the most pleasant and comforting way. Someone had recommended that Charles go to a wilderness program and she helps determine the best placement for kids and keeps up with their progress.

Martha is an educational consultant and has done this for many years, hundreds of families.  I had no idea there was such a thing as educational consultants.

She has chairs in a circle like she’s just hosted a support group. I ask her about it and she tells me that … Read more...

Charles’ Diagnosis from Wilderness

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By this time, Charles had softened a bit. He was showing us the picture we sent of his dog Andy. Still our dog.

Many of you are currently dealing with a child (however old) with an mental illness. It was difficult for some reason to get a diagnosis in writing.

Time and again someone would start to treat him without a true assessment. Wilderness, 2nd Nature in Clayton, Georgia gave us that.

During his stay there, we had weekly one hour meetings by phone with his counselor. We also received letters from Charles … Read more...