Places to Send Troubled Kids

A major issue with families of habitually violent or unruly children has been where to send these kids to get assistance in bettering their lives. However, there are a number of effective avenues that a family can explore to get help for its child(ren) 2.

Foster Care

If a child has severe behavioral problems, he can be court-ordered to be placed in a foster-care home until such time as he shows consistent behavioral improvement. He can also be placed into such care voluntarily by parents who cannot cope with or control their child's violent or unruly behavior.
In these facilities, the child lives in a family atmosphere, often with peers who have been assigned to its program, and foster "parents" who are trained to assist them in their behavioral transition.

Boarding Schools

Boarding schools are independent educational institutions that teach and accommodate children, creating a supervised and challenging environment as well as providing them with social skills, motivational activities and morally clean fun. It's important for parents to find a boarding school that will best serve the unique issues of their child, rather than find just the one closest to their home. At present, all but eleven U.S. states have boarding schools 1.

Alternative Schools

These provide nontraditional and more-flexible study programs than public schools. They help students who have ADHD or emotional disabilities or who are getting into trouble in public schools. Normally, students learn more effectively in nontraditional schools because their programs are better tailored for them than classes offered by public-school systems.

Wilderness Programs

Wilderness programs are therapeutic outdoor resources where teens not only learn survival skills but also how to work through personal conflicts to increase confidence and meet the various challenges in life. The programs are short-term.

Boot Camps

Young people are normally assigned to boot camps by a judge as a sentence for breaking the law. However, parents can also send their troubled teenagers to a boot camp to get treatment. Boot camps are highly structured environments based on military basic-training camps. Their goal is to modify a child's negative behavior while teaching him discipline and respect 1. These programs are usually from 90 to 180 days in length 1.

Paying For Their Education

While none of these facilities are inexpensive, many of them can assist with financing. As a payment plan is reached, it should be included in the parents' monthly budget and followed faithfully 2.


Parents must understand that, given the behavior that cause him to be assigned to one of these facilities, their child may become extremely bitter towards them and resentful of his new surroundings. This is a common initial reaction, and parents should remain understanding and supportive, focusing on the positive results that the child will gain from his placement.

Related Articles

  1. Juvenile Boot Camps in Canada
  2. The Responsibilities of Teachers Vs. Parents
  3. Boot Camp for Good Teens for Military Career Preparation
  4. The Advantages of Strict Parents
  5. Environmental Influences on Human Growth & Development
  6. What Are the Pros and Cons of Juvenile Boot Camps?
  7. Barriers to Childhood Development
  8. Child Rearing & Culture
  9. Free Boot Camp Programs for Teens
  10. Do Children Need Parental Consent for Counseling?
  11. Bad Parenting vs. Irresponsible Parents
  12. Parent Involvement Versus Parent Interference in Schools
  13. What Are the Benefits of Parent Involvement in Schools?
  14. Assistance Programs for Single Parents in Texas
  15. What Happens to Unlicensed Daycare Providers?
article divider