A Word From The Director of Children’s Services

September 8, 2011

I had a chance to talk to one of our parents recently.  She was asking me what our tuition rate was.   She was really surprised to hear how low our rate was, especially since the last program her daughter attended was significantly more than Latham per year.  She had a very bad experience with this previous program and had grown not to trust them to keep her daughter safe.  She has had a completely different experience at Latham.  She has had her confidence and trust restored and has nothing but great things to say about how well the staff treat her, her daughter, and how we do what we say we will do.  She loves that we are transparent, take responsibility when we make mistakes, and treat them all with respect.  Her daughter is not only safe but is flourishing.  She has volunteered to talk to prospective parents, as she did when she was considering placing her child with us.

It is so difficult handing the care of your child over to others.  Parents of children with PWS know all too well that people tend to minimize the syndrome and the importance of providing an environment that can not only keep your child safe but flourish as well.   The isolation from friends, family, and community that results is painful and little appreciated by others.  Latham gets it.

Jonathan Smith, LICSW
Director of Children’s Services

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children.  
One is roots.  The other is wings.” 
~Hodding Carter, Jr.

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