Hawks Landing Celebrates 15 Years of Community Integration for Teen Boys
Hawk’s Landing, an owner-operated, Idaho state-licensed transitional living home celebrates 15 years of operation. With only 8 male students at a time, Hawk’s Landing serves boys and their families by enrolling them in the public high school, playing sports, typical seasonal vacations home and an open-door policy to families visiting. This is a unique option for teens who need support in a home environment while reentering school or participating in music, band or having a job. This allows for a level of community that is found in many small boarding schools.
Hawk’s Landing was founded in 2006 as Schrom Therapeutic Home for Boys and was later renamed in 2018 when the founder retired. Although the average length of enrollment is 12 months, it is not uncommon for students to choose to stay in the community or at Hawk’s Landing to complete the school year or graduate from Bonners Ferry High School. This speaks to the level of community integration, social connectedness, and community in the home. Students go on to college, community college, choose to work, and many students return to their home state. “We have had 23 different states represented since the founding,” said Dan Tadlock, LCSW, Executive Director and Owner. He went on to explain, “the local high school appreciates the boys from Hawk’s Landing because they are engaged in academics, extracurricular activities, and add a level of diversity to the student body that would not exist without them.”
Since Hawk’s Landing is so individualized, it is not uncommon for each of the students to have their own schedule with after-school activities before returning home to assist with the making of dinner and homework after school. “After our son completed his junior year of high school at Hawk’s Landing he decided to stay for his senior year because he was experiencing success academically as well as socially”, said parents from California. “He had friends at the high school, liked his teachers, played two different sports, and was enjoying his summer job. A year later he graduated from Bonners Ferry High School and was accepted into 6 different schools. We are forever grateful to Hawk’s Landing for helping our son regain his confidence and find success. They gave him guidance and supervision when he needed it but also allowed him the freedom and independence necessary for his growth.”
About Hawks Landing
Hawk’s Landing was founded in 2006 and located in Bonners Ferry, Idaho as an intentionally small home-like community integration option for students who have successfully completed assessment or higher levels of treatment. Licensed by the State of Idaho’s Health and Welfare as a Children’s Residential Care Facility, has a 1:8 staff to student ratio with a mission of connecting with the boys and reconnecting family systems.