Pressley Ridge, a non-profit organization founded in 1832, provides an array of services to keep children and families together so that youths with challenging behaviors can remain in their homes, schools and communities. Pressley Ridge offers innovative programs in Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Internationally, our programs serve children and families in Hungary and Portugal. Our 1,000 employees help over 5,400 children and their families annually.
Pressley Ridge offers four types of services:
- Treatment Foster Care creates a sense of belonging for children, and provide the stability they need so they can begin to learn and thrive in a family centered home. Our foster care programs provide a continuum of services from all levels of foster care through adoption. Foster Care Services Include; Treatment foster care, Individual residential treatment, Family based shelter care, Respite care, and Adoption.
- Residential Treatment Services offer a range of services for children and youths with mental health, and/or delinquency issues. The goal is to help these troubled children and their families learn the skills that will enable them to return home to their communities successfully. Residential Services Include; Group facilities for mental health and juvenile justice, and Community based for special populations.
- Community-Based Services strive to keep families together so that children and youth can remain at home and in their schools and communities. The primary purpose is to reduce the need for out-of-home placements. Community Based Services Include; Intensive case management, Therapeutic social groups and in home services for autism, Family based mental health, Family preservation and Outpatient services for children and adults.
- Educational Services are designed to infuse the process of learning and achievement with joy so that our students become “life-long learners,” and to provide an appropriate setting to allow students to successfully adjust with their everyday environment, to help with their return to the public school setting. Education services include; day school, partial hospital, school for Autism, school for the deaf.
All of Pressley Ridge services are guided by a common treatment philosophy called Re-Education. Re-ED focuses on the strengths of each child and family, and holds these beliefs: it is possible to teach competence; change is possible; and the development of trusting relationships with caring, committed adults is the most significant factor in turning around the lives of seriously troubled children.
Pressley Ridge staff and professional foster parents are well trained, supportively supervised and challenged daily to do the best they can for troubled and troubling children and their families.
Read about how Pressley Ridge is Changing the Course of Foster Care and Thousands of Lives.