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Gannondale is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare and funded via per diem rates paid by the placing county and through private donations.
Why do 15 year-old girls require Gannondale's services?
Understanding why a 15 year-old girl such as Tina requires the services and skills of Gannondale, requires us to take a journey many of us could not imagine on our own. Try to imagine being two years-old, sitting in a soiled diaper for hours because the adults in your world don’t notice that you need changed. They are lying on the couch stoned on drugs for perhaps days at a time. They don’t hear you crying. Imagine being four years-old and responsible for administering to all of your self-care. How do you do this when no one has ever shown you what to do? Imagine being removed from your home at that age because of the endless drug activity and the inevitable domestic violence that follows this lifestyle. Imagine viewing pornographic activity when you have never even experienced a proper and loving hug.
Tina was finally removed from this environment for her own safety, but four years is an incredibly long time to endure such daily trauma – producing perhaps a lifetime’s worth of psychological damage. Tina was never given the foundation she needed. As a result, Tina has already lived in eighteen different homes – including foster homes, group homes, and psychiatric hospitals.
Tina has great difficulty in forming lasting, loving relationships. Even the most well-intentioned foster parents have had difficulty connecting with Tina when her behavior becomes severe. Love is just not enough to erase the damage of her past psychological trauma. At Gannondale, Tina receives intensive one-on-one counseling, group therapeutic support, and an education. Tina shares, “Gannondale is really the place where I have started to heal and grow.”
Gannondale provides the structured environment that Tina needs to be able to predict what will happen next and to therefore begin the very slow process of letting go of fear and the reactive, fear-based behaviors she has manifested. She focuses daily on her feelings, her goals for each day, and expression of her needs. At Gannondale, Tina is learning how to function as a nonviolent, socially responsible member of society.