Restoring Lives, Saving Futures
For over 50 years, Sheridan House Family Ministries has provided residential care for middle-school aged children (grades 6-8) in the tri-county area of South Florida. We currently operate five children’s homes, three for boys and two for girls. We offer assistance to families with children experiencing mild to moderate behavior issues which may include: school suspensions, difficulties or academic failure; disruptive family behavior; immaturity, acting out behaviors, poor impulse control, defiant and disrespectful behavior, procrastination, and motivational problems.
Children who have clinical diagnoses, (i.e. Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Bi-polar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Severe Depression, Suicidal tendencies etc.) and children who exhibit behaviors resulting from physical abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, or gang involvement, may not be suitable for placement.
The Sheridan House Residential Program is designed to intervene in the life of a family before dysfunctional behavior becomes a habitual lifestyle. Our chief objective is to provide a caring environment in which the children develop essential life skills, accept responsibility for their behavior at home and school, and enter back into their home with parents fully educated and equipped to care for them. Our deepest hope is that during this process each family member will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and experience the personal love that God the Father has for each of them.
Sheridan House provides a “Five Day” residential treatment program in which the children return home on weekends and holidays to work on their behavioral issues as a family. Through the use of encouraging relationships, consistent accountability, and a proven behavior modification program, we provide training in social skills, personal responsibility, accountability, discipline, communication, conflict management, and effective problem solving for both the children and parents.
How We Do it
The development of life skills are assessed every day and each child is awarded points for the successful completion of tasks and assignments. Daily assessment includes the review of public school reports focusing on academics and behavior as well as the child’s daily performance and attitude in the group home. In addition, the parents assess the child’s weekend progress, which in turn affects the child’s points and privileges during the program week. Graduation from the Sheridan House Residential Program is contingent on the child earning a total of 6,000 points and is evidenced by substantial improvements in behavior, responsibility, and the use of effective life skills. The average stay at Sheridan House is ten to twelve months.
Our commitment extends beyond the child at risk to include the most significant element of a child’s development…their parents. Sheridan House has an outstanding reputation for providing training, education, and emotional support to the parents of the children in our residential program. Through weekly parent training, support groups, and counseling, we provide the foundation for the parents to gain the critical skills needed to successfully raise their child and reintegrate them back into the home and school.
Our goals for parents are to:
- Develop a deeper more meaningful parent/child relationship.
- Strengthen the parent’s effectiveness to care and nurture their children.
- Understand the unique roles of the mother and father in raising a child.
- Decipher the developmental and emotional needs of their children.
- Implement discipline through consistent and effective consequences.
- Create effective communication patterns.
- Maintain lines of communication that will continue the personal growth process established during their time at Sheridan House.
Sheridan House Family Ministries is a faith-based organization which is privately funded through charitable donations. Due to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to offer help to families at a truly affordable fee, substantially below our cost based on the individual need.
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