• Does the program track whether a child or young adult is making progress towards their goals and make changes when needed?
  • Can the program clearly describe what the criteria are for discharge and graduation?
  • What will happen should there be a disagreement about my child’s readiness for discharge / graduation?

In collaboration with families, quality programs track children’s progress and set clear goals. Programs need to be able to show through assessments and specific, measurable outcomes how your child or young adult is doing in language that you can understand. You need to be able to monitor this progress and discuss what can be learned from setbacks. Don’t be afraid to speak up when you feel that something isn’t clear or that progress isn’t being made.

Other questions to ask:

  • How can we be sure that a child or young adult is making progress?
  • What is your idea of what a child or young adult needs to accomplish to be ready for discharge / graduation?
  • What can you do to help prepare a family for their child’s or young adults homecoming