FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does WCCH serve?
WCCH is a fully licensed faith-based residential provider for children by the State of Indiana, and only accepts private placements by a child’s parent/s or legal guardian/s. WCCH serves children from a wide variety of family situations. This includes, but is not limited to, traditional two-parent families, single-parent or blended homes, adoptive parents, grandparents or other family members who are raising children under legal guardianship, and children who do not have available caregivers for other reasons. We offer a Christian family environment with extra supports to children who need to learn to thrive in their home and community settings.
Parents/guardians do not relinquish guardianship. WCCH coordinates with each child’s legal guardian/s for their care throughout the duration of their placement, and parents/guardians are regularly involved, and ultimately responsible for the child’s care and needs, including costs of education and medical care as applicable.
Who does WCCH serve?
WCCH is licensed to offer placement to both male and female children ages 6 to 18, or 21 if they are continuously enrolled in school full time while seeking their high school diploma or GED. WCCH is often contacted by families because a child is experiencing behavioral, educational, emotional or relational problems. WCCH also serves some children with minor special needs, but we have a limited capacity to provide specific types of care. Children who are accepted for placement must be willing participants, who can demonstrate ability to function and thrive in an unsecured and least–restrictive environment, within a typical Christian family setting.
Who can WCCH Not serve?
We DO NOT place children who are involved in the juvenile justice system/on probation, or who have active/open department of children’s services cases. We DO NOT accept children who are currently, or were recently, in an acute care facility or intensive or secure residential program. We DO NOT accept children with diabetes or other similar severe medical conditions that would require medical staff. We DO NOT accept a child in acute crisis, or for short term respite care.
How do I refer someone I know?
WCCH encourages all referrals sources to first pray about, then link someone they know to our website. Under the “PROGRAM” drop-down section, they can complete an online Placement Inquiry regarding the child. If computer access is not available, they may call the WCCH office at (260) 632-5551, or send a text to (260) 300-0199. Please ask them to give us your name, as the person who referred them, as well as the child’s first name and age. There is room to provide any other information they wish to share on the online form.
How long is a child’s placement at WCCH?
We offer two options: short and long term. A typical short-term placement duration is for a minimum of 1 - 2 (entire) school year/s. The primary objective during a short–term placement is to overcome behavioral and/or relational problems so that the child may reunite with their family successfully. Long-term placement duration is for children to remain at WCCH until they graduate high school or obtain a GED, or are age 18. Long-term children have options to remain at WCCH for a short time after graduation or their 18th birthday, on a case by case basis. The primary objective in a long-term placement is to have a loving, supportive Christian family environment to grow up within, to complete their high school education and to identify and prepare for the initial phase of adult life.
Where do WCCH children attend school?
Each child’s parent/guardian, along with WCCH leadership, determines the best educational setting for each child. Children attend East Allen County public schools (Woodlan Elementary, or Woodlan Junior/Senior High school) or Harlan Christian school (K-12).
Are visits allowed with children placed at WCCH?
WCCH requires parents or guardians to participate in their child’s care, including family visits, throughout placement. Families are encouraged to maintain ongoing contact through letters, scheduled weekly phone calls and regular visitation that is scheduled to be approximately monthly for 2-3 days, and some extended visits for holidays and summer vacation.
Will my child or family, receive counseling services while placed at WCCH?
WCCH strives to provide each child with regular mental health care and treatment based on their specific needs, as well as continuous social skill development. Regular participation by their parent/s or guardian/s in family sessions is also required and may occur at WCCH, or online if distance is a barrier. It is the intention of WCCH to provide these services approximately weekly or bi-weekly for all children in placement, and monthly for each family. Services may also include Biblical counseling, young adult-specific (skills) coaching, behavioral coaching and intervention, psycho-education, supplemental resources when needed, and limited case management near to, and immediately after placement ends to assist for transition of care.
Must I live in Indiana to place my child at WCCH?
No, children are placed at WCCH primarily from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Placement consideration for children outside the tristate area is on a case-by-case basis.
How much does it cost?
Children are evaluated for placement on a needs basis. Family participation is on a sliding scale. One of our core values is WCCH provides a home to children regardless of their ability to pay.
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