There's no overestimating the value of healthy peer relationships in a therapeutic environment like The Family Foundation School. Peer support is as essential to our program as it is to any 12-Step program. The co-ed relationships that develop here are especially helpful to students because they underscore the value of platonic friendships---the brother-sister connections that help carry us through life.
Of course many troubled teens arrive here distraught over being separated from their romantic interests back home. Their biggest help in dealing with the situation is the peer support: discovering how many of their new housemates and classmates have experienced the same thing, and how they got through it.
We believe that it is important to have healthy relationships with our peers---male and female. And although a co-ed boarding school that precludes dating can be a challenge for troubled teens, it's the perfect place to learn all about healthy relationships: What they look like, why they work, and how to build and maintain them.