Our On-Campus Therapeutic Foster Care program provides a natural home environment for a maximum of eight children. Foster parents provide nurturing, structure, and a teaching curriculum to help the children manage and overcome the emotional scars of child abuse, and teach them valuable life skills. The family-style environment allows the youth to participate in normal family activities, such as meal preparation, family outings, homework, chores and games. The children are also involved in individual and group counseling, independent living programs, motivational workshops, devotional programs and vocational programs. Education is a high priority at High Sky. All children attend public school, have mandatory study hours and have tutors available to them.
In the On-Campus Foster Care Program, children ages 0-18 reside in one of our campus youth homes with a foster care couple. The couple provides a natural home setting where children are taught family living, as well as independent living skills and participate in normal family activities. Children in the On-Campus Foster Care Program also receive a variety of services including therapy, academic services and recreational activities.
The Community Foster Care Program is designed for children ages 0-18 who have lower level of care needs or are in need of a community home setting. High Sky recruits and trains community area couples who are willing to open their homes to children in need. High Sky's staff works closely with the foster families to provide on-going training, development and continuous support.
High Sky Children Ranch licensed a home to provide emergency care for 15 children, ages 5 and up. The first Emergency Shelter opened its doors to these children in March of 2005. In March of 2008, High Sky licensed the Abell-Hanger Shelter for children ages 0-18. Sibling groups with children under the age of five were being separated. Opening this new home kept sibling groups together or on the same campus. When youth are admitted to the emergency shelter a full assessment is completed to determine their therapeutic, social, education, medical, psychological, and developmental needs. Goals are developed to help meet these needs and advance life skills the youth will need in the future. If needed, these children also receive therapeutic services to help them advance their coping and social skills, learn about appropriate family dynamics, evaluate ways tolls and outlets to appropriately express emotions, and cope with their history of neglect and abuse. Youth ages 16 an older receive PAL/Life services to help them develop independent living skills such as filling out applications, finding a job, money management, cooking/home care skills, drivers education, obtaining an ID/License, and developing goals. All youth in the emergency programs have the opportunity to engage in different recreational activities on and off campus. These activities are designed to help the youth develop important life skills that they will use for the rest of their lifetime. They will have the opportunities to generalize skills taught in the home to move naturally in a public setting. Some off the off campus activities offered include Balmorhea State Park, Six Flags Over Texas, Joyland, Sandhills and Abilene Zoo. These services are all designed to provide a family style type of care while the children are placed in the emergency shelter waiting to transition into a more permanent placement such with a relative, a foster home, or reunification with parents.