Amy’s House Program is a gender specific, trauma-focused restorative care program inspiring courage to change from a life of forced prostitution.
Amy’s House is a residential venue providing a safe environment for healing, education, and the re-gaining of self-dignity. Our staff is committed to providing a home – delivering a model for the belonging, loving, and the raising of exploited girls to “women of worth.” Amy’s House recognizes the trauma experienced and internalized by it’s residents. Therefore, girls will not be rushed through a system of “treatment” that expects them to march to the beat of a preconceived time frame for healing. There is no rush. There is no demand to keep turning bodies through the program. Amy’s House is about holistic treatment; about time to heal, learn and develop; about an emotional and spiritual maturation experienced through a daily dose of reality and the support of loving and inspiring adults.
Amy’s House is about opportunity — a time to commit to positive change and the rigorous work necessary to heal wounded psyches and shamed souls. This happens with guidance from our professional staff — coaches, educators and therapists dedicated to “parenting” these girls.
Amy’s House is a flagship operation of Kairos Youth and Family Services, and named in honor of our founder’s late daughter, Amy Beth Fardulis.
Admission to Kairos’ restorative care program begins with an interview with the potential client. It is critical that the possible client choose to be a resident in our program. Likewise, it is critical that our Intake Team consider the potential client as a “good fit” for our program. Once the interview is complete, a decision can be made regarding admission.
A critical success factor for any treatment program is its behavior modification program. This program is where the rubber hits the road, so to speak. It is the program’s effort to educate and to discipline the child through a time of necessary change in behaviors: maturing from a fear and survival state-of-being to a love and productive state-of-being.
The system used by Kairos Youth & Family Services is called MAP-IT: Maturation Assistance Program – Intensive Treatment. The system is unique and separates us from other programs. It is a peer-led system that gives “voice” to each child while holding them accountable for their decisions and their actions. The process is about maturity with recognition to consequences, both positive and negative. There are six Levels in our maturation process: 1) Entry and Orientation; 2) Learning the Program; 3) Working the Program; 4) Living the Program; 5) Modeling the Program; and 6) Transition.
MAP-IT is an intense cognative behavior modification system aimed at empowering rather than controlling the youth. The Level System is a modality used to guide, teach, discipline, and inspire the girls toward maturity.
The Level System forms an agreement between the child and staff members with clear expectations. As each girl follows these expectations, higher levels of freedom and trust are given. The goal is to have each girl advance through the six levels and graduate from the program.
Kairos Youth & Family Services provides four types of housing.
1) Residential Treatment – Entry: Levels 1-3
2) Residential Treatment – Transition House: Levels 4-6
3) Foster Home Placement – Foster Parents [Kairos recruits, trains, and inspects]
4) Dependent Child Home – Group Home for children without family
- Amy’s House -Projected Opening is 2013
- All other facilities to be announced
Kairos Youth & Family Services operates its own on-site, state certified school. Education is important to our children’s future. Our objective is to “develop thinkers not reflectors of other people’s thoughts.” Our intent is that Kairos Youth & Family Services be a place where learning never stops.
Our on-site school operates year-round, providing 3 full semesters during a calendar year so that each student has the opportunity to catch-up academically. Class size is purposely designed for a teacher-student ratio of 1:4. The State curriculum is followed with focus on each student’s individual education plan (IEP).
The purpose of the school is to prepare our students to move on to technical schools, junior colleges, and even four year college/ universities. All residents are required to attend school until they graduate from the treatment program and are placed in jobs or other programs.
Kairos Youth & Family Services is a holistic treatment program – we treat the body, mind and spirit. Recreational and social activities are a natural part of a teenager’s growth and development. Therefore, we provide both recreational activities and social events that are simply fun and appropriate.
At Kairos Youth & Family Services, we relate restorative care to body building. First, there must be intense workouts. Second, there must be recovery. Likewise is the healing from trauma and emotional wounds. First, there is the intense treatment that happens Monday through Friday. Second, there is recovery which happens on the weekends. The weekend schedule is free of formal treatment and learning and filled with games, recreational outings, sports, field trips, and social activities.