HERSEY — Often, youth who have been through trauma need help adjusting to new lives and new family situations following adoption. The Connections program at Eagle Village is one option forassistance while building relationships between parents and children.
Connections is a six-month program designed for adopted youth ages 10 to 18 who are struggling with emotional and behavioral problems at home. Up to 12 children and teens in the program from Michigan, other states and even other countries, live at Eagle Village for the length of the program and receive counseling. In addition, the program provides family therapy, the chance for youth to return home at least once a month, and the opportunity for family members to visit and stay at the compound for weekend relationship-building sessions and activities called Family Challenge. Parents also are given the opportunity to learn how to properly parent traumatized kids.