McCoy Care Services, Inc. is a non-profit corporation licensed through the California Department of Social Services’, Community Care Licensing. The purpose is to offer long term, 24 hour, residential care to children 0 – 17. These children are developmentally disabled, mentally ill, medically fragile and/or displaced. The facility accepts children with the most severe self care and self help needs as well as the most severe behaviors.
One of our success stories is a now 17 year old African American female (referred to as Jane Doe) who is mildly cognitively developmentally disabled, bipolar and has severe to profound maladaptive behaviors. Jane Doe came to us on an emergency placement two years ago after beating two adult staff simultaneously due to a psychotic episode. Jane Doe was 15 years old, weighed 260lbs since age 11, had a full beard, her hair was extremely damaged, she horded and gorged food, had significant self esteem issues and had previously been in 33 homes since the age of 3.
A review of the average age of adoption for children adopted between 1990 and 1998 revealed that the average age at adoption remained relatively constant between 1990 and 1998 with children being adopted, on average between 6 and 7 years of age. By the time a child is placed in permanent residential care, they are well over the adoption age and many facilities are just housing them to help them survive until they are 18 years of age and emancipated. McCoy Care Services, Inc. strives to do more than simple house children and sustain their existence; we give them a life. Although these children are not terminal; much like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, we want to fulfill their dreams and desires. McCoy Care Services, Inc.; in spite of funding restrictions, purposely maintains an intimate residential capacity so that each child can have individualized care and supervision.
In the case of Jane Doe, McCoy Care Services, Inc. in less than 2 years of placement, aided this child in losing 100lbs, regulated her medication in an effort to assist with the modification of her behavior and invested thousands of dollars into her external make over in order to instill self worth and esteem. Due to the hormonal imbalance caused by the psychotropic medication, many young girls develop weight problems and facial hair. So in additional to being disenfranchised, these girls then have to face public scrutiny due to obstacles outside of their control.
McCoy Care Services, Inc., strives to give them a total quality of life. From the food they eat, to the type of events they attend. The children are well rounded and their exposure supercedes that of most kids who are not in placement. This plight goes above and beyond what is requested by the placement agency and does not come without a price. In additional to modifying her diet and increasing her physical output, Jane Doe was sent to New Image Camp in Ojai (a summer camp for overweight children), to the tune of $1000 per week for seven weeks. Your contribution will afford these society labeled, “throw away kids”, a quality life - gearing them to be as functional and productive women as possible.
Today Jane Doe is doing well. She is 5’6” and 160lbs. Her hair and skin is healthy. Jane Doe will begin lazar hair removal in January 2007 at Sona Med Spa in Costa Mesa, California. Jane Doe is artistic, enthusiastic, no longer hordes or gorges food and has been with us for almost 2 years; the longest she has even lasted in one place. Jane Doe has a new outlook on life and if you were to ask her, she’d tell you her favorite food is sushi.