The Joy House Placement Criteria
The teen program at the Joy House generally admits troubled teens with mild to moderate emotional and/or behavioral problems, such as depression, anxiety, oppositional/defiant behavior, lying, stealing, school conduct problems, academic underachievement, poor social skills, running away, unruly at home, sexual identity issues, issues with pornography, sexual promiscuity, poor self-image, etc. Teens exhibiting more at risk behavior or severe problems will be evaluated on an individual basis.
- Girls and Boys, Age 12-17.
- Minimum I.Q. of 80 and able to function in school.
- No lengthy criminal background.
- No severe emotional problems (we are not a lock down facility and do not have constant monitoring capabilities).
- No history of sexually offending behavior or sexual perpetration.
- No drug or alchohol dependancies/addictions that require special rehabilitation.
- Teens referred from Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice are eligible, but considered on a case-by-case basis.
Parent / Guardian
- Teen's family typically resides within 60 miles of the Joy House campus.
- Family involvement and commitment to work toward reunification. Must provide home for teen on weekends, holidays, and school breaks.
- Family must be willing to meet at the Joy House for conseling sessions on a bi-weekly basis or when requested and parenting classes on a weekly basis.
- Family must commit and be involved for the duration of the program.