About Adoptee Rage

Statistics Identify large populations of Adoptees in prisons, mental hospitals and committed suicide.
Fifty years of scientific studies on child adoption resulting in psychological harm to the child and
poor outcomes for a child's future.
Medical and psychological attempts to heal the broken bonds of adoption, promote reunions of biological parents and adult children. The other half of attempting to repair a severed Identity is counselling therapy to rebuild the self.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The San Pasqual Academy Is an Excellent Alternative to Foster Care and Adoption


The Proven Solution To Adoption and Foster Care "The San Pasqual Academy"

In San Diego County we have a solution to Foster Care that has proven itself worthy in the success rate of high school graduates. However we never hear about it on the news, in newspapers or any media....Why? 

Because the San Pasqual Academy is limited to older kids and conditional of the individual kid's behavior. The foster kids that it serves will not be advertised for adoption, exploitation or imposed sexual favors by the shady foster mother's new boyfriends...In-fact there are no state paid monthly allowance to each foster child's Foster parent. There are no foster parents to take advantage of the kids at the San Pasqual Academy. As long as these kids focus on their studies and follow the program they are safe from being moved again to another foster home, ten moves for a foster child is the average.   

Why are there not more places like the self-responsible San Pasqual academy?
Because it works, and kids graduate high school because of the self responsibility and self actualization that the academy provides.

Read on: The San Pasqual Academy, Escondido, CA.

LINK: www.sanpasqualacademy.org/foster_care_challenge.htm

San Pasqual Academy, the first residential education campus for foster youth in the nation, was created to address the needs of foster youth in San Diego County.  Today, the Academy is changing lives and helping to set our community’s foster youth on a path of success.
The idea of the Academy began to take hold in the late 1990s, when the Board of Supervisors, spearheaded by Supervisor Greg Cox and Supervisor Ron Roberts, along with the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court, voiced concerns about critical foster care issues.  The critical issues included the fact that many foster youth were experiencing high numbers of placements, they lacked fully developed independent living skills and they were leaving foster care without earning their high school diploma.
In 1999, the County of San Diego purchased the 238-acre campus from the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  The Church had operated the campus as a boarding school for more than 40 years.  Over the next two years, renovations were funded through a public-private partnership, with the local business community generously donating $14.5 million.
While the campus was being renovated, an HHSA team was assembled and consulted with national experts and more than 400 stakeholders about how the Academy program should be developed. Stakeholders included social workers, juvenile court judges, health care providers, educators, attorneys, law enforcement and community members.  A Youth Advisory Panel, including former and current foster youth, was organized to provide input and feedback on the development of the Academy.
A pivotal two-day conference, with more than 120 participants, was convened to brainstorm the Academy’s program content and physical appearance.  A Steering Committee of senior County administrators, community leaders, and the Board of Supervisors provided project oversight.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in September 2001, and the first residents walked through the Academy’s doors in October 2001.  The Academy has the capacity to serve 184 youth.  Referrals are received and assessed year-round to determine if the program can best meet the referred youth’s needs.
Four collaborative partners on campus bring a seamless delivery of services to Academy youth, providing residential, academic, work readiness and dependency case management programs and services.  New Alternatives, Inc., San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Workforce Partnership and San Diego County HHSA all work together to give youth a well-rounded environment where they can learn, grow, and thrive.  Since 2001, over 700 foster teens have been placed at the Academy and for many, it is a place they call “home.”

Foster Care Challenge
San Pasqual Academy, the first-in-the-nation residential education campus for foster youth, was conceived by the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors following Chairman Greg Cox’s Foster Care Conference in April 1998.  During the Conference, former and current foster youth spoke about their fears of their futures, as well as the futures of other foster youth; their stories were poignant and gripping.  They shared with the Board their feelings of being unprepared to live on their own, their frustrations with moving in and out of multiple foster homes, and their inability to succeed in school due to the lack of stability in their lives.
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and the Juvenile Court also expressed deep concerns about the situation and the after-care statistics for foster youth.  In 2000, and continuing into 2006, there were approximately 6300 youth in foster care in San Diego County. Of those who emancipated, 30 percent experienced episodes of homelessness within a year of leaving foster care – higher than the state average. Studies also showed foster youth had serious difficulties finding and keeping jobs, getting an education and learning the skills necessary to live independently.
Studies also revealed that a typical adolescent foster youth moves between homes an average of 10 times, and attends five or six different high schools…83 percent of foster youth are held back by the third grade…75 percent complete class work below grade level…35 percent are in special education…and as few as 15 percent enroll in college.
It was clear that something needed to be done to give San Diego County foster youth a safe, stable and caring environment where they could work towards their high school diploma, prepare for college and/or a vocation and develop crucial independent living skills.  San Pasqual Academy was developed to provide the foster youth with a place they could call home.