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A black robe floats in the freezing water. A young girl stands on the lakeshore rocks, cold hands shoved deep in her pockets, and squints at the unnatural dark mass bobbing below. Her little brother walks up to her side, their breath cloudy in the winter air. The thing in the water reaches the land below. The black cloth covers something malformed. The police arrive at the lakeshore minutes after the children tell their mother what was floating in the waters.
Ina committee of concerned citizens was formed to explore ways to develop community based treatment group homes for adolescents. Consultants from the John Howard Association in Chicago recommended that families, not the adolescents, should be the focus of the services and the services should be resources for the families to use in addressing the problem.
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It began as a home for adolescent girls and a prevention service crisis interventionwhich provided counselors to parents for advice on parenting issues. The service was available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Later, inKAGH opened a home for adolescent boys.
Kenosha now had community based programming and family intervention as alternatives to incarceration. InKAGH opened a co-ed shelter, Shelter Care, a problem-solving center where an adolescent could temporarily live while the family received support to define and resolve the conflict.
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Inat the request of the Kenosha County Comprehensive Board, KAGH began to train and supervise foster parents in using behavioral modification techniques. This began the Specialized Foster Parents Program.
From the onset, KAGH was committed to meeting the treatment and development needs of the youth and families of Kenosha County. KYDS experienced another growth spurt in !
InKYDS responded to the county department of social services and developed an independent living program to assist year-old youth who had no other supports or resources to meet their needs. The new millennium brought many new opportunities for KHDS to meet the ever-present needs of the Kenosha community.
New contracts with Kenosha County and new innovative ideas led the agency to create and add several exciting programs. Inthe addition of all these new services, especially those for adults, led the organization to, once again, change its name.
The heart of the KHDS organization has always been a rational approach to solving problematic human behavior. The essence of that approach has been to calmly define the problem, to identify various possible solutions, to identify needed resources, to implement the most appropriate solution, and to modify the solution until the desired outcome is reached.
KHDs has always been an advocate for developing community-based resources centered on individual strengths and family systems and needs and helping people to solve their own problems by teaching them the skills they will need for life. Responding to the needs of the community is what led to the creation of KHDS.
Expansion Kenosha now had community based programming and family intervention as alternatives to incarceration.