The most common type of adolescent transports are in-home. If in-home is your plan, SafePassage offers the following suggestions to help you make the transport the most successful.

There are three key factors in preparing for your adolescents transport:

  • Keep everything at home as normal as possible,
  • Do not tell your Adolescent what you are planning, and
  • Keep your adolescent safe until professional help arrives.

The hardest part about the Transport is waiting for it to occur. Parents who have not used our Professional Transport Service tend to have increased anxiety leading up to the scheduled day. It is important to set aside this anxiety as best as you are able and stay focused on keeping your household in a normal operating mode. Normal for each in-crisis household may be a bit different but the bottom line is that you do not want to alert your Troubled Teen that life as they know it is going to change.

If you have other children in your home keep their routines as normal as possible and above all where they are concerned do not take them into your confidence and let them know what you are planning. Children are not emotionally equipped to be their parent’s confidant in this type situation. The decision you have made to use our Professional Transport Service is a private decision between parents which should stay between parents until after the Transport has taken place. SafePassage encourages each of the Families we serve to do what they believe is best for their family but in our experience we have found that siblings tend to not keep secrets from one another.

This applies to sharing your decision with your close personal friends as well. A parents decision to send their at-risk teenager for short term wilderness or long term residential treatment is a private family matter. If you are looking for validation for your decision, seek the advice of an Industry Professional, not someone in your book club.

Keeping your adolescent safe is harder than it sounds. We know that you are concerned for the personal safety of your at-risk son or daughter. With that said remember they must be kept safe from uncovering information that divulges your decision to use a Transport Service. Erase the history on your computer; print emails and delete; keep the emails and paperwork in your briefcase. At-risk teens tend to be more reactionary than most of their peers and uncovering documentation that tells them they life is about to change could mean that they would run away or do something that would be detrimental to their well-being. It is our experience at SafePassage that it is always better to wait until our Professional Transport Team is with you at your home to deliver the news through intervention that you have chosen to add a therapeutic component to their education.

Communication between SafePassage and the parent(s) occurs in one of three ways:

  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Fax

In order to effectively provide confidential communication, SafePassage asks that parents provide a secure telephone line, preferably one or both parent cell phone number(s) – this allows private voice mail messages, if necessary. SafePassage Adolescent Services ® will never intentionally leave a voice mail on a shared phone line without prior permission.

SafePassage encourages the families we serve to password protect their email. After the initial telephone conversation, email is commonly used for communication purposes. Password protected email and deleting the history on your Internet browser are effective means to keep your intentions confidential. Most adolescents are computer savvy and several of our Agents have been told by at-risk teens in their care that they often track their parents online activity.

Medications should be assembled in a clear self-sealing, zipper style plastic bag. The plastic bag should be large enough to contain all of the adolescents medications, an instruction sheet with the name of medication, dosage and time clearly written out – make sure the bags completely zips closed. Medications are to be given directly to our Transport Team when they arrive.

Some short-term or wilderness programs often require only a few basic personal items to be sent along with your adolescent. Many of these programs do not allow a backpack on their campus so to use a shopping bag or grocery bag to carry these personal items works well.

Long-term schools or programs often require large quantities of clothing and bedding for your adolescent. It is always best to ship these items directly to the Destination Program as soon as you have them assembled so as to prevent your troubled teen from discovering them. Otherwise, store them away from the watchful eye of your adolescent. If your adolescent’s transport is facilitated by ground travel only, it may be conducive for our Transport Team to quickly load their gear upon their arrival. However, if your adolescents transport involves air travel the luggage containing personal belongings that your adolescent will need at the Destination school or program will need to be shipped.

For the safety and well-being of your adolescent, SafePassage does not assume responsibility for your son or daughters checked luggage. Our Transport Team will be able to take one small carry-on duffel-bag with a shoulder strap or back pack that will fit under the seat in front of your adolescent on the airplane. For the short amount of time that your adolescent is with our Transport Team there are relatively few possessions that they will need, so a small bag with one change of clothes is sufficient. If toothpaste and other toiletries are sent, remember: as per Transportation Safety Administration Guidelines 3-1-1. All containers must be 3 oz size or smaller; all items must be contained in 1 quart size clear, zip-seal bag; and only 1 of each item is permitted to be contained in the bag. When the Transport Team looks through the carry-on bag if the liquids are not to TSA Standards these items will be left behind.

Eye wear, orthodontic appliances and other special items should be brought to the attention of the Transport Team when they arrive. It is most helpful for parents to prepare a short list of any items that may be in the bedroom with your adolescent so that the Transport Team will have the opportunity to quickly collect these items after the intervention. Remember when you are packing for your adolescents departure, do not pack personal items that they will readily notice as missing. Keeping things at home as normal as possible means just that. Adolescents are very much aware of their own possessions and their internal alarm goes off when their things are disturbed by someone else…even their parents.

For example, one adolescent female ran away the day before her scheduled Transport. When she was located; picked up and transported she confided to her Transport Team that she noticed her shampoo was missing from the shower and she knew immediately that her parents were making plans for her. Teens are more aware of their surroundings than you may think.

SafePassage Adolescent Services ®SafePassage Adolescent Transport also provides Facility Transports from Hospitals, Institutes, Juvenile Detention Centers, Schools and Programs and other Facilities around the world to approved short-term and long-term Schools, Programs and Facilities in the United States. Logistics for all In-home Transports and Facility Transports are handled in-house. All transports are conducted through an intervention-based model.

For further information please call us: 770.667.7467. Help can be on its way sooner than you think.