A Place to Call Home… Abbott House operates three therapeutic foster homes serving a total of 17 young ladies ages 12 to 17. These girls no longer require residential psychiatric treatment but lack the skills necessary to live independently. Two of the foster homes can house six girls, one home has five girls living in it. A salaried couple lives in each home and serves as the parental figures for the girls living in their respective homes. Many of the girls are former residents of Abbott House but are considered difficult to place in regular foster homes because of age or behavioral problems.
Once girls graduate from the Abbott House treatment program, all of the therapy and emotional work may be lost if they cannot use their coping and communication skills in a real family setting. These homes provide a family environment where girls learn skills needed as they transition into adulthood. Each resident of the foster homes has her own bedroom, attends school and holds a summer job if appropriate. Abbott House sees these homes as an investment toward independence and personal responsibility.