LIFE GOALS To create a long-term care group home/Foster care home (orphanage) for children, or to work at one in a place that has it. EXAMPLE GROUP HOMES: Emergency short-term care for runaways infant/mothers WHAT IS A GROUP HOME? (And can I have an orphanage in America?): "group homes Residential facilities for children. Group homes may receive funding from state or federal sources, or they may be privately funded by religious organizations or donations from various groups. Some group homes receive a mixture of federal, state and private funding. The children may be foster children, or they may be children who have been placed in the group home voluntarily by parents. Click Here to Learn More Group homes usually house children over age five and provide temporary shelter for emergency situations or long-term shelter for hard-to-place children, such as teenagers or large sibling groups. Some children may have experienced adoption disruptions and need a group environment rather than a foster home environment because of the pain of loss and the acting out behavior of the child. Once a popular solution for all children removed from the home or orphaned or abandoned, group homes have been heavily displaced by individual foster homes; however, the entry of increasing numbers of children into the foster care system has made social worker experts reconsider the group home as an appropriate answer for housing children. (See also FOSTER CARE.) Children who have been severely physically or sexually abused may not be able to fit into the family environment of a foster home and may instead need the facilities of a group home and readily available psychiatric counseling." " Most group homes are standard, single-family houses, purchased by group home administrators and adapted to meet the needs of the residents. Except for any adaptive features such as wheelchair ramps, group homes are virtually indistinguishable from other homes in the surrounding neighborhood. Group homes may be located in neighborhoods of any socioeconomic status. Residents of group homes usually have some type of chronic mental disorder that impairs their ability to live independently. Many residents also have physical disabilities such as impairments of vision communication, or ambulation. These individuals require continual assistance to complete daily living and self-care tasks. Some also require supervision due to behavior that may be dangerous to self or others, such as aggression or a tendency to run away. Although most group homes provide long-term care, some residents eventually acquire the necessary skills to move to more independent living situations. Group homes for children are usually temporary placements, providing care until a foster family can be secured. Others may return to their natural families. Occasionally, halfway homes for people recently released from prison or discharged from a substance abuse program may also be referred to as group homes. These types of group homes are also transitory in nature. "

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