Idaho, covering a surface of 82,747 square miles of the North American continent, is populated by one million and a half people, most of them living in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Idaho Falls or Pocatello. The land is rich in lead, cobalt, silver, antimony, phosphate rock, garnet, zinc, vanadium, and mercury.
Large surfaces are used to grow apples, corn, potatoes, sugar beets, wheat, barley, and hops. Due to the later development of tourism, winter sports have attracted more and more young people. The land boasts with wonderful camping or fishing sites, as well as with the largest elk herds which draw the attention of hunters from all over the world.
About 27% of the entire population is under 18 years, and numerous organizations are dedicating their efforts, energy and budgets to them and their parents. There are several places where therapists can continue their education and The Children Home Society is just one of the examples.
The society is one of the oldest in Idaho, offering its help and support to kids and parents since 1908, when the institution was an orphanage. Nowadays the institution offers diverse mental, emotional and behavioral health services to the population, mainly formed by kids under 17 years of age. Generally they come from low income families and they are usually called the risk segment of the population, due to their economic status and the problems they encounter almost every day of their life.
Other centers in Idaho are addressing the need of preparing those who are interested in becoming foster parents. Idaho Child Welfare Research and Training Center is also dedicated to strengthen families which will adopt kids in the near future. PRIDE is Idaho’s standardized curriculum for foster and adoptive parents, a useful tool that is really helping couples do this wonderful fostering job. Adults are trained and taught to take care of kids that have been removed from their own homes.
A special attention is offered to kids with serious emotional disturbance, and parents in Idaho are trained and helped to create a healthy interaction with such kids. Serious emotional disturbance includes numerous behavioral and emotional symptoms that limit or interfere with a kid’s ability to function in the family, in the classroom or in the society.
The National Parent help Line works well in Idaho, too. Parents that encounter problems in raising their kids or dealing with various problems can find an advocate that is ready to listen to them, offer emotional support, help them find a solution and explore the personal resources that can help the entire family get past the problems.
This is indeed a valuable help for every parent, and calling for help is never considered to be a weakness, but on the contrary, a sign of strength that lies in acknowledging the problem and gathering the resources that are needed in order to deal with it. Numerous other organizations in Idaho are dedicating their efforts to helping parents whose kids have mental disorders.
The AAFV Parent Center in Caldwell Idaho functions to provide parenting classes, as well as the program Parents as Teachers. All the activities are centered on the developmental stages in a kid’s life. Parents are supported since pregnancy till the kid enters kindergarten. As an example, if the parents are interested in learning how to healthy feed their kids, they can attend nutrition education classes. Parents learn how to handle food, how to prepare it and are offered the necessary information related to the importance and role of vitamins, minerals, so that they are able to feed their kids properly.
Parental Visitation Monitoring is the program the offers supervised visitation for adults that have been ordered to see their children only in the presence of a third party, neutral person. A special attention is offered to expectant fathers who want to learn how to be better parents for their kids. Numerous topics are discussed during the workshops and the participants are encouraged to talk about their fears and worries. During these special classes, fathers learn the basics of taking care of a newborn baby and start to assume their new roles as fathers.
As the kids get older, the problems can get bigger. Idaho Care line also provides classes where parents can improve their skills: they will learn how to deal with sibling rivalry, how to help improve their children’s school performance, how to help increase self esteem and deal with problems that are specific to the shy kids.
Parents are also taught how to react when older kids get sexually involved in the relationships they have, start using drugs, are aggressive or simply want to quit school. During some of the classes, the entire family is invited, allowing the kids and the parents to talk about the conflicts and problems they have. All these discussions are moderated by a specialized therapist.
Idaho also offers parents the chance to send their kids in great camps during summer vacations. Camp Four Echoes is the perfect place to safely send your girl camping, starting with the second grade and going up to the 12th grade.
The camp is managed by Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Council. The girls will windsurf, go by kayak, practice sports, learn to cook, take photos, sail and do many other exciting, age appropriate activities. Camp Lutherhaven is a Bible camp for kids ages 4 to 18, the perfect place where they will learn to climb towers, enjoy a waterfront blob, etc. The offer is much broader, so you may find interesting info about other camps in the area: Shoshone Base Camp, Ross Point Camp, Camp Cross, Camp Mivoden, Twin Lakes Friends Camp.
Education camps are also available. Parents in Idaho can enroll their kids to Planet X Deep Space Terraformers, a camp where the kids will build a Lego robot. Young Advocated for Human Rights is the camp where older kids can learn about human rights. Sports camps are also available: parents can enroll their kids in one week camps where they will get the chance to play baseball, soccer, tee ball etc.
Camp All Stars, Camp Connect and Camp Independence are all created for kids with special needs. If parents prefer to accompany their kids, they can go to family camps. Several family camps are organized in Idaho, and all the activities are planned and created so that every member of the family feels important and useful.