Caring for a child with disabilities can be a challenging, yet rewarding, experience for parents. While many parents learn to adapt to a child’s disabilities, there are some who require additional support. When considering the additional support services for a disabled child, there are many options available to parents and their child, including the placement in an out-of-home setting.
In decades past, families caring for disabled children were often encouraged to place the disabled child into institutional care. However, today, with advanced medical technology and social support services, the placement into an institution is not always encouraged. For some parents, however, the additional support service may be an absolute necessity so as to ensure the health and welfare of the disabled child as well as the other family members who require support as well.
If you are the parent of a disabled child, and you are struggling with the support and care of your child, it may be time to consider and out-of-home placement setting. Like many families, if your child is older, has grown in stature, and suffers from extensive physical and intellectually disabilities, it may be prudent to consider out-of-home placement as the care, with advancing age, often becomes more and more complex. If the siblings of the disabled child are adversely affected by the disabled child’s care and behavior, this may only further necessitate the need for out-of-home placement.
As a parent of a child who is disabled, you may be feeling torn about the decision to place your child and feel somewhat concerned about how your decision to move your child into out-of-home care will be perceived by others. However, when considering parents in similar situations, it is not uncommon to find the same struggles occur and the same decisions are made. In other words, out-of-home placement is actually quite common and improves the health and welfare of everyone involved, including your disabled child.
While the additional medical support is offered to your child in the out-of-home placement setting, your child is also afforded the advantage of networking with other children who are disabled. In your home, your child may not obtain these same benefits. In an out-of-home placement, there will most likely be a presence of other children with similar disabilities. With identity achievement, many children with disabilities engage in marked improvement once they are placed.
Institutional settings for disabled children, adolescents and adults are quite common. In addition to institutional facilities, you may also want to consider out-of-home placement into a group home setting which provides for more intimate care. While the decision to place your child in an out-of-home setting of any locale can be difficult, rest assured you are not alone and there may be a marked improvement in the quality of life for your child, and your entire family, once the placement is made.