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We have much more knowledge than we have placed on this website. When you don't see something you want to know from us, please ask.

Use our comment boxes to ask your question.  We will post your question and respond below your question.

You probably want to be anonymous when you do so. On the upper right area of this page you see the word "Welcome" followed by your name as it is in your FamilyLight profile. Hover your mouse over that and you will see a drop down box. You will see "Edit My Profile. Please enter an assumed first name and the word "Anonymous" as your last (family) name.

Enter your question in a comment box, preferably on a page relevant to your question.

We do not plan to respond to questions sent to us by phone or email.

If your question is such that if you ask it publicly you will reveal your identity even with your use of a fictitious name, enter the word "private" at the top of the comment box before you enter your question.  If you do that, and we agree that you can't ask without revealing who you are, we will respond to you to the email address that shows in your profile, and not post your question or our answer. (Regardless of anything else, if you put the word "private" at the top of the box, we will not allow that to post publicly without your permission.)

We will give priority to those questions that appear on members only pages and allow us to publish both your question and our answer. If we agree that you could not ask your question without identifying yourself, we will give your question the same level of priority we would give it if we could publish both question and answer on the web. We expect to all questions from paid members placed in comment boxes on members only pages to be answered if we can publish question and answer. We will respond to as many as we can of those that do not precisely fit these terms.

Yes, we do get an immediate notice to check any entry into a comment box.

This is likely to be more of a concern on comments as opposed to questions, but we do require all items published in the comment boxes to conform to our posting rules. Please check that out. Our main concern is that you not directly attack a person, a school, or a person or anything else.  We don't want to spend all our time and money defending lawsuits even if they are frivolous. You may tell us you lack confidence in a particular school or program or that you don't trust someone. That is about you and it gets the message across.  No problem.

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Last updated January 12, 2018

4 thoughts on “Ask FamilyLight a Question

  1. My son turns 18 December 15–are either of these programs ( Wediko and Family Foundation) appropriate? What is the financial difference? I can’t call tonight bc they’re close until the morning.
    Thanks. Chris

    • I don’t like to quote prices and, in any case, I don’t know the specific answer as to costs in any case.

      Family Foundation School/ Allynwood Academy is priced as a therapeutic school and Wediko as a residential treatment center. In addition Allynwood will consider financial aid in hardship situations. My guess would be that Allynwood is about 2/3 of the cost of Wediko.

      If your son does not turn 18 until December 2014, you do have time to get him into programs for the under 18s. Once he is 17 1/2, some doors begin to close.

  2. What is your current impression of Summit Preparatory School in Kalispell Montana? Do you think they would be considered a “Positive Intervention” program?

  3. Carol,

    [Addition October 2017: My opinion of Summit Prep has changed — really a 180 degree change. Old problems have been corrected. We had tremendous success with one client coming from a family that could not have paid the full charges at Summit. The financial aid was generous and the therapeutic care was first rate in every respect. We are now comfortable recommending Summit to a well matched student.]

    First, I never formally gave that status because it was tied to responding to my questionnaire which programs found too onerous to complete. We will get back to that concept in the future.

    Summit has a fabulous physical plant but when I used it I found too many shortcuts. For example individual therapy occurs only once per week — or that was what was promised at the time. However on a student stay of less than a year the assigned therapist was away seven weeks between vacation, conferences and training. Nothing was ever done to make up the missed sessions. I did not feel the family got their money’s worth.

    The therapist was excellent when she was there. Aside from the amazing physical plant, nothing make Summit special to me.


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