For boys age 14-17 who are getting into trouble, we provide a maritime-based, structured educational alternative to those provided in harsher juvenile programs. Boys in minor trouble with the law or who are exhibiting bad behavior or who are disrespectful are taught responsibility, self-respect and respect for others through around-the-clock mentoring and counseling as well as an education.
Safe Harbor is open to all teenage boys, who qualify for the program, regardless of religion, race, color, creed or national origin. Safe Harbor is NOT a free or government subsidized program, nor does medical insurance cover the tuition.
The first step after you initially contact us is to complete the online Screening Inquiry, a short questionnaire to help us identify important information about your boy. We will send you that once you inquire online or by phone.
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A counselor will contact you via email with more information, questions for you to answer, or to schedule a time for a telephone interview (typically takes about 30 minutes. At that point it will be determined if an application is warranted. Once an application is completed, returned, and reviewed a counselor will schedule an interview with the family.
Once the interview is complete, the family will be advised if the child is appropriate for admission to the program. At that time, placement can occur immediately or be scheduled for a later date.
We always have many more prospects for admission than we have openings. The counselor can advise you of an approximate time to admission during the telephone interview. We do not knowingly admit children from the same neighborhood or school. We also admit children with a variety of problems, to maintain a balance among peers.
Long term use of medications for psychological, behavioral or emotional problems are not appropriate in this program. If the child is on medications and you have found them effective, then we advise you to seek a medical or clinical program. Parents are warned against removing children from these medications without discussing this with the child’s physician or psychiatrist and receiving medical approval.
*PLEASE NOTE: All required documents must be received prior to placement including a current (within 90 days) medical and dental exam; hepatitis vaccine’s; HIV test is strongly encouraged for each child; an original certified birth certificate, social security card, school records, and other items outlined in the application package. Certified birth certificates and original social security cards must be on file with our office at admission. Please be aware that all parents and/or guardians involved in the child’s life or having custody must be in agreement, come here for a tour, and sign admission documents prior to admission.
Safe Harbor is funded exclusively by donations and tuition payments (we receive no government funding). We charge tuition that is roughly 50% what it costs us to keep boys in the program, and that is as much as 75% less than what therapeutic boarding schools charge. The remainder of our expenses and capital equipment and buildings are funded by personal and corporate donations. Even so, we understand that families may have to sacrifice in order to see their son admitted to such a program.