Specialized Residential Care

VQ was founded 50 years ago on the premise of delivering a better alternative to detention centers.

We remain committed to that belief today. Our homes are designed to provide the children and youth in our care with a sense of trust, honor and belonging.  Our focus is highly individualized based on the differing populations we serve. We establish positive and healthy boundaries and provide a compassionate environment to all children in our care.

VQ is aware that various maladaptive behaviors stem from adverse life experiences and require special environments to promote healing.

VQ has in-depth experience with both long term and temporary shelter care for children and youth. We serve all genders in both the delinquency and child welfare systems in inner cities and rural areas.

VQ offers highly specialized residential care for numerous types of sensitive populations, including youth struggling with substance abuse issues, victims of sexual abuse, youth with specialized behavioral issues, unaccompanied children and adolescents transitioning into adulthood.

VQ is committed to hiring staff with an aptitude for naturally guiding youth and who can serve as positive role models.

While the programs we use to care for youth are of extreme importance, equally important are the staff who work with the youth in these programs. VQ believes in combining the best of each of these aspects into one greater picture where youth are given help in an environment that surrounds them with a culture of caring adults.

By creating an environment that completely immerses youth in a positive culture, we aim to guide them to a healthy state of being through role models and examples. The positive relationships youth form with staff members provide a strong foundation upon which they can begin to build a more centered lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What differentiates these programs from typical childcare programs?

Community, and the trauma-informed care. Sanctuary model. Trauma-informed care to youth and how the staff interact with one another is also informed by that model. Meeting youth where they are at and providing the assistance they require sets them up for success in the future. Individualized care. Understanding where a youth is coming from. We advocate for our kids and help them navigate the system. Teach them how to learn to advocate for themselves.

What exactly are Specialized Residential Care programs?

These programs offer both long-term and temporary shelter care for youth of both genders facing complex issues. The specifics of the programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of the populations that are served, but we strive to establish positive and healthy boundaries for youth in every program while also allowing them room to grow.

What type of youth are placed in Specialized Residential Care programs?

These programs are designed to serve a wide variety of youth who face an equally wide variety of challenges. Youth in these programs often struggle with issues such as substance abuse, sexual abuse, behavioral issues, and difficulties transitioning into adulthood.

Where are these programs currently located?

We currently have Specialized Residential Care programs in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Delaware.

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Morning Star Youth Academy

Woolford, Maryland

Age

13-18

Gender

Male

A 24 bed facility that provides two programs: a 6-9 month residential placement program and a short-term, 90-day program. Both programs provide youth with evidence-based substance abuse treatment services, wellness services, and education.

Program Director

Emma Diaz

Blue Ridge

Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

Age

14-19

Gender

Males

This long-term program can house up to 15 youth and is focused on adolescent males who display sexually reactive behavior. Through this program, we seek to teach youth basic living skills and positive coping methods to help reduce the risk of recidivism. The program also aims to give youth a sense of accountability for their own actions and provide them with unique growth experiences.

Program Director

Joe Kistler

The Sanctuary Ranch

Florida

Age

12-18

Gender

Females

This program seeks to help youth address and come to terms with early childhood trauma. At the Sanctuary Ranch, we provide integrative therapeutic treatment through a trauma-informed lens with the ultimate goal of reuniting youth with their families, settling them into foster care, or establishing them in supervised independent living.

Program Director

Amanda Capalbo

VQ Supervised Independent Living

Luzerne, Pennsylvania

Age

16.5-21

Gender

Both

The Independent Living Program is designed to assist adjudicated delinquent or dependent youth in making a successful transition to independent living. To that end, we help youth get involved with their communities, complete their educations, and find employment while providing them with a safe and supportive environment.

Program Director

Jeremy Collins

DE Residential Programming

Sussex County, Delaware

Age

11-17

Gender

Both

The Residential Alternative to Detention programs are designed to house youth who have been arrested and court ordered to be placed in a supervised, temporary, residential and educational program. The trauma-informed Sanctuary® model is used to treat youth in the program, alongside Aggression Replacement Training and community service to help youth give back to their communities.

Program Director

Carlton Adams

Morning Star Youth Academy
Woolford, Maryland
Morning Star Youth Academy
Woolford, Maryland
Gender
Male
Age
13-18
# of Homes
Address
1441 Taylor’s Island Road Woolford, MD 21677

MorningStar is proud to be CARF accredited.

A 24 bed facility that provides two programs: a 6-9 month residential placement program and a short-term, 90-day program. Both programs provide youth with evidence-based substance abuse treatment services, wellness services, and education.

Program Administrator
Emma Diaz
Blue Ridge
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
Blue Ridge
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
Gender
Males
Age
14-19
# of Homes
Address

This long-term program can house up to 15 youth and is focused on adolescent males who display sexually reactive behavior. Through this program, we seek to teach youth basic living skills and positive coping methods to help reduce the risk of recidivism. The program also aims to give youth a sense of accountability for their own actions and provide them with unique growth experiences.

Program Director
Joe Kistler
The Sanctuary Ranch
Florida
The Sanctuary Ranch
Florida
Gender
Females
Age
12-18
# of Homes
Address

This program seeks to help youth address and come to terms with early childhood trauma. At the Sanctuary Ranch, we provide integrative therapeutic treatment through a trauma-informed lens with the ultimate goal of reuniting youth with their families, settling them into foster care, or establishing them in supervised independent living.

Program Director
Amanda Capalbo
VQ Supervised Independent Living
Luzerne, Pennsylvania
VQ Supervised Independent Living
Luzerne, Pennsylvania
Gender
Both
Age
16.5-21
# of Homes
1
Address

The Independent Living Program is designed to assist adjudicated delinquent or dependent youth in making a successful transition to independent living. To that end, we help youth get involved with their communities, complete their educations, and find employment while providing them with a safe and supportive environment.

Program Director
Jeremy Collins
DE Residential Programming
Sussex County, Delaware
DE Residential Programming
Sussex County, Delaware
Gender
Both
Age
11-17
# of Homes
Address

The Residential Alternative to Detention programs are designed to house youth who have been arrested and court ordered to be placed in a supervised, temporary, residential and educational program. The trauma-informed Sanctuary® model is used to treat youth in the program, alongside Aggression Replacement Training and community service to help youth give back to their communities.

Program Director
Carlton Adams