Displaced Foster Children Helped During Harvey
- September 11, 2017
- Posted by: swebadmin
- Category: Community Corner
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) is helping displaced foster kids from 50 counties throughout South Texas.
Bill Wilkinson, CEO, shares that RMYA is currently serving as a place of refuge for some of the state’s most vulnerable children. The foster care system in the state of Texas includes 30,000 children and approximately 13,000 were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Working to welcome newcomers with compassion, clothing, meals, and medications are just part of the process to helping the children feel at home and normal again.
Thank you to the children and staff at RMYA, who are part of the large, selfless network of local United Way nonprofit partners doing everything possible to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
When a child is out-of-control, severely depressed, struggling in school or in personal relationships, here’s how RMYA helps. “Ben,” a 10-year-old boy, recently arrived at RMYA with many symptoms of ADHD. It was not a textbook case; he also had a mood disorder/dysregulation. Ben’s symptoms included extreme episodes of crying, distractedness, and inattentiveness. He was doing poorly in school and with family relationships.
Ben began seeing a psychiatric resident and an RMYA clinician weekly while the psychiatrists monitored him on various medications. He was later admitted to Clarity Child Guidance Center’s in-patient treatment facility. With his medication stabilized, he began seeing the UT-Health Science Center psychiatric residents every two months as a Clarity out-patient, while seeing an RMYA clinician for counseling once a month. Ben’s relationships with his family have greatly improved, as did schoolwork.
Roy Maas Youth Alternatives is committed to caring for children and families in crisis, providing services to abused, neglected, and high-risk youth through residential and counseling services many of which are offered on a sliding scale to low-income families in the community. Children arrive from the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, the City of San Antonio, Family and Youth Service Bureau as well as various County Juvenile Probation Offices. RMYA services help children navigate through the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, abandonment, and neglect they have experienced by providing a safe, supervised residential setting with 24 hour care, an on-campus accredited school, medical care, a nutritious diet, cultural and recreational enrichment programs, individual, family and group counseling services, life skills, and parenting classes. RMYA provides the consistent and comfortable environment necessary for children to significantly improve their behavior and decision-making skills so that they can experience a different way of living and ultimately break the cycle of abuse and violence.