The overlying treatment theme which guides the program is the importance of instilling an internalized set of “Family Moral Values” in the young men in our care. Safely Home has blended principles found in “moral family values” and the work of other pioneers in the area of offender specific treatment, as a foundation for programming. These values include, but are not limited to, the following principles:
- Respect for the lives, bodies, property and thoughts of self and others.
- Morals are developed through focused, purposeful interactions and role-modeling by others.
- Unconditional Positive Regard leads to love, compassion, and understanding.
- Spirituality is Essential.
These principles are not teachable solely through rote memory, but through the role-modeling of each adult that comes into the lives of the children each day. The staff employed at Safely Home need to have the cognitive understanding of the Moral Family Principles held as important by the agency and be able to demonstrate and refer to the principles daily as they interact with the clients.
When a child is placed at Safely Home, we are entrusted with the responsibility of offering a treatment milieu to that child and his family. In addition, and of equal significance, we are entrusted with a tremendous portion of the parenting of the child while he is under our care. We must not only accept the responsibility of assisting the child with the developmental milestones inherent with this time of his life, but also the responsibility of working with the family to help them in embellishing the milestones of the child’s past, which have often been neglected or forgotten.