School Refusal Hope

You are not alone

School Refusal Hope is a site dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their child's school refusal.  We provide listings of different treatment programs around the country that can help children who avoid school. We also share the names of therapeutic and small boarding schools around the country where your child may thrive. We also provide support in the form of other families who have been down the same road as you.

Dear families,

My son (in blue) smiling on graduation day with his friend .

My son (in blue) smiling on graduation day with his friend .

I am a mom who has been down the challenging road of school refusal. My son struggled with school refusal for many years.  I am happy to tell you that my son was able to get back to a school environment.  He was able to enjoy his last few years of high school as a parent would hope for their child. He received a good education and he graduated!!

I get how your child’s pain is compounded by the lack of understanding among your friends, family, school district and your difficulty to find a solution

When we went through this, there was much less information and understanding in the school systems. The good news is that today schools are doing better to recognize and address this challenge.

Some school systems have added in-district clinical (therapeutic) services that may be appropriate or helpful to you. Psychologists, Psychiatrists and research professionals have improved communications of sharing information and solutions. So, hopefully you wont have to feel like an alien when starting a dialogue about your child’s school avoidance.

My wish is that this site will provide hope, support, information and listings of school options or any therapeutic services you may seek.

I am really sorry if your family is struggling. I do remember those days and they were quite stressful.

I want you to know that there is hope for your child and your family.  You can get your child back to school and your family back on course.  Do not give up hope and keep searching and fighting for the best help for your child.

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Disclaimer:  This site is designed by School Refusal Hope to assist parents, family, friends and other caregivers with finding resources to understand and cope with school refusal, as well as to increase public awareness regarding school refusal.  The contents of this website are presented for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing on this website is to be construed as professional advice on medical, legal, technical or therapeutic matters.  By accessing and using the information on this site, you agree to waive any rights to hold the site developer(s), or any individual and/or group associated with this site, liable for any damage that may result from the use of the information presented.