They are children who have nowhere to go. Life crisis, family dynamics, behavioral issues of the child, or circumstance out of their control, are some of the reasons children live in our homes. We provide safe, structured, nurturing homes for children who, for a variety of reasons need that for some period of time.
These are not bad kids. Sometimes they have bad attitudes that come from wrong ideas. Sometimes they have unproductive behaviors stemming from dysfunctional or chaotic backgrounds. Sometimes it’s nothing more than bad things happening to their family and they need a sanctuary during the storm. But the point is that these are not bad kids.
Father Flannigan, founder of the famous Boys Town orphanage, believed that there are no bad children, only bad adults. I think I’m starting to see it his way.
Take Away: There are no bad children, only bad adults.
See the children at Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes at this facebook page or patrickhenry.org