Miracle Meadows Helps Toughest
of Children Cope, Change
ASI member institution deals with those who have been abused (Posted Aug. 9, 2012)
One of the organizations receiving ASI contributions this year, Salem, West Virginia-based Miracle Meadows School, Inc., faces challenges far greater than just fund-raising.
Miracle Meadows School (MMS) is an alternative school enrolling boys and girls, ages 6 to 18, with troubled behaviors. Two national networks cited MMS as the only known boarding school east of the Mississippi for children who have experienced trauma and abuse before the age of 3; such children, sadly, are likely to injure others—including children and animals in the course of acting out following their own trauma.
Many of the students at MMS have been adopted from foreign orphanages or from damaging home situations in the United States. Loving adoptive parents, confronted with children suffering previously unrecognized emotional or physical trauma, find their homes turned into battlefields, parenting efforts failed, and their emotions bankrupt. Thankfully, these students respond to the MMS program, reports Jerrilyn Fabien, director of student life.
Many students come to MMS with violent rages, lying, stealing, manipulation, defiance, and other issues. A number of them have failed intensive specialized therapies. But in time a large number become respectful, self-regulating students and return home, thanks to the Christ-centered programs at Mountain Meadows School.
Recently enrollment of children ages 6 to 12 has increased, and the MMS board voted to move toward separating the younger students under 12 from the older students. This creates a need to hire, train, and house more staff. ASI’s anticipated project funds will assist in the completion of staff housing projects, the school says.
MMS staff has traveled as far as Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Georgia to receive training in specialized intervention approaches to improve the MMS program. The MMS board is anticipating meeting an underserved need in expanding its ministry capacity to reach troubled youth age 12 and under. MMS has served students with at-risk behaviors and their families since 1988, and is online at www.miraclemeadows.org.
—reported by ASI communication, with Adventist Review staff