Penny has been with Crossroads since we opened as a foster home in January of 2013 and has helped us with a myriad of our needs. This past year, Penny has been instrumental in both recruiting and training our volunteer tutors and mentors. Penny coordinated advertising with the local paper, scheduled the bi-monthly mentoring trainings, and kept in constant contact with all of our mentoring volunteers. Additionally, she attends all of our kids’ birthday parties, donates to our mission, and is herself- a mentor to 3 of our kids who have aged out of foster care. For these reasons and many more, we are presenting Penny with our volunteer of the year award through the United Way of Charlotte County.
Crossroads is a non-profit 501(c)3 home and school for foster boys who have had multiple failed placements in the Florida foster care system.
Making the transition from family life – even dysfunctional family life – to foster child is an unimaginably difficult proposition. Some kids have substantial complications for which the current foster care system is not well equipped to handle. These kids get moved from failed placement to failed placement.
Their esteem suffers; they fall behind in school or drop out; many end up homeless.
Crossroads specializes in these cases with boys between 13 and 18 years of age. At Crossroads we take in these boys in and offer them a stable home – for most it is the first stable home they have ever known. Crossroads has specially trained staff, counselors and teachers who work to retrieve these kids from despair, help them grow, and then transition into well-adjusted and self-sufficient adults.
Crossroads became a full time foster program in 2013. Prior to that Crossroads had contracted with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice for over thirty years and draws heavily on their experience there. While there are many similarities with the juvenile justice kids, there also are many differences – not the least of which is that becoming a foster kid is never one of choice; no kid chooses to become a foster kid. These kids are in need of guidance, support and love – and they find this at Crossroads – and from you, our community. We cannot adequately thank you enough for the support you have shown our Crossroads family.
Crossroads would not be successful without the financial and volunteer support of our community. Providing the level of interaction, intercession and care these boys need is much more costly than it is to meet the needs of kids who have not gone through their trauma. These costs are recouped by society ten-fold in the future as we break the cycle of government dependence, crime and irresponsible behavior which so often befalls kids who are otherwise abandoned.
We must never forget that these are just kids – we cannot abandon them.
HELPING KIDS FIND THEIR WAY
Through the AMIkids Personal Growth Model©, the program offers a unique combination of education, treatment and behavioral services that provide a sense of normalcy for kids whose lives have been anything but normal. 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 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
Individualized Academics provided by: 2 Teachers, 2 Assistants and 2 Vocational Instructors
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.