Family can be defined in a number of ways: a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household, a group that is grounded by the same roots and shared values, people that are continuously present in our lives who offer us safety and security.
Many of the children that come through Wedgwood have suffered from trauma due to abuse and neglect. More often than not, the hurt that these kids carry around was inflicted by the ones they refer to as their family. To them, the word “family” takes on a whole different meaning. The trauma they experienced creates difficulty in building trust, trouble with maintaining relationships, and often severe reactive behaviors.
The Wedgwood staff plays a vital role in helping children work through their trauma, and supporting appropriate development. When a new kid comes into a residential placement facility, they often look at staff as authoritarian figures, people who are only there to boss them around and make their lives even more miserable. It is up to us to erase that perspective and replace it with one that allows the child to feel safe, cared for, and loved.
Our staff works hard to be consistent and positive role models for the children of Wedgwood. As a parent, our ultimate role is to help our kids discover who they truly are and help them to find peace in their place in the world. As a residential treatment provider, we do that by offering grace and understanding, allowing kids to heal emotionally and instilling hope for what their future holds. In that sense, we create that sense of family in our homes, “family” as the people in their lives who offer support and make them feel important: the people who always treat each other with dignity and respect and love.