Family and Teen Support Programs

By Family and Teen Support Programs

High-quality programs operate on the following principles: The primary responsibility for the development and well-being of teens lie within the family. Families are part of a community, and support should be provided in the context of community life and through links with community resources. Social supports for parents with struggling teens serve to prevent behavioral problems, enrich the struggling boys and girl’s development, and help parents develop the maturity required to raise teens. The kinds of support provided should be determined by the needs and interests of the parents of troubled teens. Although participation should be voluntary, it should be highly encouraged in high-risk situations, including abuse and neglect. Many struggling teens don’t know how to overcome the problems that they are faced with and many troubled teens need to be placed in the correct environment in order to restore themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Zion Educational Services can educate parents of struggling teens, on how to place troubled boys and girls in the correct environment in order to receive the help they need to overcome their struggles. For immediate assistance contact ZES at 866-439-8112, to speak with a child placing specialist to educate you on school program placement for struggling teens in the perfect facility that fits their needs.

Suspected or substantiated abuse and neglect warrant mandatory reporting and services as appropriate. Support offered by friends, neighbors, and community-based resources is as vital as access to professional support services. The support given to troubled boys and girls should enhance the strengths found within the family unit among family members. The aim of support for these struggling teens is to strengthen the family unit and the community while preventing alienation and family dysfunction. Family support programs for troubled teens play an important and, in some instances, essential role in promoting the positive functioning of families and ensuring the well-being of troubled boys and girls. Their effectiveness, at least with low-income families, is well-documented.

All families need knowledge, skills, and support to raise their children and to foster normal growth, development, and learning. Supportive programs for troubled teens, however, cannot substitute for unsupportive relationships. Ultimately, even the best professional programs for struggling teens cannot substitute for community, nor can social services replace kindness and caring expressed within the family and by primary caregivers. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages public policies, professional practices, and personal behavior that support the care giving role of families, advocate comprehensive approaches to child health, and encourage prevention and early intervention strategies oriented toward the family.

Pediatricians should be aware of the increasing number of families experiencing stress, and should learn to recognize situations that interfere with successful child rearing. As a medical home, pediatric practices should collaborate with family members to assess their functions within the family. This will help pediatricians determine family members' strengths and identify problems that need to be addressed. By having open and ongoing relationships with parents, pediatricians can facilitate discussions; monitor and guide developmental progress to help deal with struggling teens; address parental concerns; and support parental care, capacities, and needs. Continuing medical education programs on pediatric family interviewing and psychosocial issues in pediatric practice can enhance the pediatrician's skills and opportunities for counseling families.

Pediatricians can provide family support to troubled teens by engaging in a relationship with parents based on collaboration and shared decision making so that parents feel and become more competent. Pediatrician counseling of parents should include considering the needs and resources of the family when making plans and helping them benefit from the support of members of extended family and the community. Pediatricians should work to develop, refer to, and participate in community-based family support programs to help parents secure the knowledge, skills, and support they need to help struggling teens. By participating in community-based family support programs, pediatricians can provide technical advice on health and safety aspects of services, serve as a source of professional information for families, and learn from these programs how to best contribute to the healthy development of troubled teens, families, and communities. Pediatricians need to work within their communities to develop plans for identifying and coordinating care for families in need of more extensive social support services. Pediatricians should actively participate in sustaining the social capacity of their communities through their personal participation in local recreational, social, educational, civic, or philanthropic activities and associations.

Many parents of struggling teens aren’t aware the correct way to restore teens and need a professional to educate them. For parents of struggling boys and girls that need immediate assistance dealing with troubled teens, Zion Educational Services specializes in educating parents about different youth programs for troubled teens such as different types of private boarding schools for troubled teens, boot camps for troubled teens, schools for troubled teens, therapy programs for troubled teens and many other youth facilities for struggling boys and girls. ZES provides help for parents of troubled teens with the information to place your troubled boys and girls in the perfect treatment center that can meet their needs. If you have any questions or concerns contact ZES, (Zion Educational Services) immediately to talk to a child education specialist at 866-439-8112.

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Behavioral Health


Wilderness Therapy

RTC (Residential Treatment Centers)

Therapeutic Boarding School

Education Consultants/Mental Health

Intensive Outpatient Programs
Mental Health Counselor/Therapists
Kid is being worked with “at home”, local therapy. They want their client back

Focus on: (referral based)
Mental Health personnel
Educational Consultants

IOP patients

Addiction Treatment

Types: NTAAP - NAADAC - Foundations


Primary Care: 28 days

Extended Care: 60-90 days

Long Term Care: up to 1 year
12 step programs
Celebrate Recovery

Sober Living/IOP:


Focus on:
Mental Health facilities

Mental Health

Types: APA

911/Emergency: immediate crisis

Stabilization: up to 28 days

Psych Stay: 1-2 months

Structured Living:


Focus on:
Guidance Counselors
Public Professionals