What does “success” look like?

June 22, 2012

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What does “success” look like? While serving thousands of kids and families each year, it is evident that no two are alike.  And so it is with the definition of “success.” Undoubtedly, Jack’s story is one that gives new life to the word.  Jack, 13, arrived at the Mason City campus at the first of the year after spending weeks secluded in a hospital room. A security guard was posted outside his door due to his extremely aggressive nature.

A desperate social worker contacted Four Oaks when no other agency in the state was willing to accept Jack. Mason City team members spent two weeks preparing for his admittance by learning as much as possible about what previous interventions worked well and what things should be avoided. Now, six months after his arrival, a solid relationship built on trust has given Jack a new outlook on life. This troubled boy has started visiting potential forever homes as he moves toward adoption. Jack is beginning to believe what he has learned at Four Oaks: he is truly an amazing kid.  

Every community has a story like Jack’s.  How do you respond when you learn of a kid like him?