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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Family Profile


Because of the constant press of potential temptations -- from peer pressure at school to enticements on the internet at the push of the button -- we know that there are many land mines that even great parents must navigate around in their efforts to encourage and empower each child. It is our opinion that no family is immune to the residue of bad choices that may trip up their youth. We believe that we can be of service to you.


Target families would be those who are having trouble with a child and:

  • Are not ready to send him/her to a residential facility.
  • Have a child currently in a residential facility and would like assistance in phasing him/her back into the family.
  • Have a child in that is in juvenile detention or a mental health facility and need help with next steps.
If your family is dealing  with one of these problems, we can help. We are looking for families who:

  • Understand that it is not just their child who may need assistance.
  • Realize that there may be pitfalls that can be adjusted to assist in the overall family's success.
  • Are humble and willing to do what it takes to make changes in their own lives as parents.

Each youth is involved in our programs will be evaluated on a case by case basis and may be experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Diagnosis of a mental health issue such as ADHD, ADD, RAD, Bipolar Tendencies and or Depressive Disorders
  • Demonstrating self-harming behaviors such as cutting
  • School suspension or problems in school
  • Antisocial behavior at home or in school
  • Defiant, apathetic and/or disturbing behavior at home
  • Possible drug use    
  • Increasingly disturbing obsession with video games, internet or pornography
  • Legal troubles , such as conviction for misdemeanors or possible felony
  • A consistent pattern of negative behaviors

  • We will not work with youth who have attempted suicide or have suicidal tendencies, except in unique circumstances. 
  • We will not work with a student who has a drug or alcohol addiction, except in unique circumstances. 
  • We will only work with those youth where it appears that the felony behavior seems to be a one-time behavior.

Posted by Kent Robson

Family Profile

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

About Us



The mission of 4Families is 'to empower, encourage, engage and equip youth and families who are facing difficult challenges'.  4Families was begun after seeing many families at their wits end as they grappled with the challenges of a child making wrong choices.


Our programs are therapeutic-based and Christ-driven. Though we know that we can change a youth's mind, it is our conviction that only Christ can change their heart. Changing one's mind is temporal, but changing one's heart is eternal.

Do you have:

  • A Youth in trouble with the law? Check out our Family Blueprint, a plan for success.
  • A Youth making wrong choices? Check out T.O.P., a youth accountability program.
  • A need for support as a Parent? Check out It's A-Parent for Parent Support.
These are just a few of the programs that may be of help to you. We invite you to check out our 4Programs to see all of the programs that we can currently offer to you and your family.

Posted by Kent Robson

About Us

Sunday, December 6, 2015


4Families, in conjunction with blue hedgehog productions, llc, will come alongside other non-profit organizations who are of "like mind" to help support their endeavors and further the work of restoring and healing families. Their mission is to celebrate the joy of life by providing creative and highly satisfying events that stir the heart, stretch the body and stagger the limits of the mind. A percentage of the profits from blue hedgehog's events will support organizations in the communities where events are developed.
For more information, please contact our office.


Organizations can partner with 4Families to accomplish their collective vision through two types of Affiliate Partnerships:
  1. Equal partnerships are developed with organizations are separate from 4Families in their organizational structure, but are working together with us towards a common goal.
  2. Umbrella partnerships are organizations under the covering of 4Families and who experience the benefits from our services.
For more information, please contact our office.

Posted by Kent Robson








A Family Plan is a blueprint for change in the family.
We work with parents to develop a plan, make recommendations regarding services that are needed; and connect them with those services; write the plan; and be present as the family presents it to court or to others involved in their case. Throughout their process, we are able to provide a layer of accountability until the plan is completed.
We desire to work with those who realize the need for change and will do what it takes to get the job done. 


We have developed a program called It’s-a-Parent, which was created as a result of many conversations with families in crisis and discovering what they would do differently.
If families have a youth involved in the mentoring, this parent training is included in the cost of the program. We can also offer the complete parent training as a conference or present each of the program topics separately as workshops or small group classes.


We help families determine what they need and make recommendations, if needed, regarding therapists, counselors, and/or residential programs.
4Families works extensively with The Envoy Group, a national company who has vetted many organizations around the country. As consultants, we spend time with the youth and their families to get to know them and in turn, are able to assess their family system and provide tools and resources as needed, as well as to help create a Family Blueprint Plan; attend crucial meetings with attorneys and other professionals; be present in court; recommend other professionals as needed; and a variety of other crucial services. 


We have a list of exceptional professionals that we recommend whom we have worked with throughout the years.
All therapists we refer to understand the Triage Effect and are able to access the degree of the urgency for the families who are in an emergency situation and need help quickly. Our goal is to respond to the family in crisis within 24 hours.


Life coaching is a thought-provoking and creative life-changing process.
Distinct from traditional therapy, life coaching focuses on where a person presently is in their life and partners with the individual to help propel them forward by setting goals, creating outcomes, and managing personal change.


Our youth mentoring program, The R.A.W. Initiative, is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2015 quarter.
While the youth still live at home during our program, we come alongside the family in hopes that we can redirect and bring the change needed.


Is your marriage needing rehab? Do you worry that there may be no hope left for you and your spouse? Are you in need of new tools in your marriage?
Using Prepare/Enrich, an amazing core relationship assessment tool, your strength and growth areas as a couple are identified and the needed tools and coaching are given to you to improve your relationship skills over 12 weekly or bi-weekly sessions . 

Posted by Kent Robson





The Charis Woods Program
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(COMING 2017)


4Families is in the process of developing Charis Woods, a four-phase residential program designed for boys aged 13-17 who are struggling and making bad choices for their lives while living at home.
Phase 1: Reconciliation – through living with others within our program
Phase 2: Relearning – through our education program
Phase 3: Redirection – through our vocational program
Phase 4: Restoration – through our spiritual program
Our Charis Woods program is designed to equip each young man and his family with the tools needed to be successful in walking on a new path and to help him to understand the plan that God has for his life. Through an intricate weaving of faith and ministry, activities, counseling, teaching, coaching, group sessions, personal relationships, and involvement of parents throughout the program, we create an arena which brings healing in the lives of our residents and their families.
Charis, meaning grace, is interwoven throughout our program to help our residents understand that they are worth more than their mistakes and that true life is about more than material goods and their self-seeking goals.
If you would like more information on the program as it becomes available, please fill out the contact form to the left.

Posted by Kent Robson





It's-a-Parent was developed by parents who had experienced, or were still experiencing, difficulties with a prodigal child. This allowed us to create a program based on the unique perspectives from those who had real life experiences.
Our parent program is available to in conjunction with families who have a student enrolled in our youth program, and covers many critical issues, such as:
  • The Parenting Problem: Addressing the important issues the family is facing.
  • The Veteran Voice: Learning from other parents who have experienced the same difficulties and are on the other side.
  • Simple Step Solutions: Exploring the steps and resources that can help the family address the problems.


Parent involvement is critical to the success of youth in our program. Being such, parents will be involved with:
  • Parent's Life Group: In conjunction with their student who is enrolled our program, parents attend this group every other week. More information on dates and times can be found here.
  • Family counseling sessions one time per month.
  • Activities with increasing intensity during each of the four stages of the program.
  • Weekend conferences will be held in 2016.


Counseling and coaching are important parts of our program. Through the initial application and interview process, we will determine the best steps for each student. All will be required to have one session per week in addition to a monthly family session. Additional counseling and/or coaching will be on an agreed-upon basis.


T.o.p. =

 THerapeutic Outreach Program .

Youth today are being pulled every which way, whether it be from peer pressure, societal pressure, or even parent pressure. Often, for them to do the "right thing" can mean going against the flow of the mainstream, and for many of them, this is a near impossibility.


The R.A.W. Initiative program is designed to help families with their prodigal youth (ages 13-17) and to bring clarity to them on the real meaning of courage and why it is important to go above and beyond the call of duty. Our goal is to provide a structure of "opportunity" for each young person, which in turn helps them understand that there is a better path for their life. While in our program, each student is assigned a mentor, who will work closely with them throughout the duration.


The R.A.W. Initiative program consists of four unique stages:
  • Learner. The word "learn" means to acquire knowledge or skill. This first stage will be a key time in which most youth decide to move forward or not.
  • Livewire. The word "livewire" means energetic and alert. We expect each student to be alert and ready to go before achieving this stage. 
  • Levitator. The word "levitator" means ascending to new heights. This is the stage that we expect change to become internalized, not just learned.
  • Leader. The word "leader" means to be in charge or in command. We expect youth in this stage to be leading their peers.
Moving to the next stage is a big achievement and a time of celebration for each boy and their family. Mentors will be involved in these celebratory times as well. We believe that seeing times of victory helps other youth in the program desire to move forward in their lives as well.


If you are interested in applying for our program, the first step is to fill out our Inquiry FormOne of our admissions team will contact you to assess if our program would be a good fit for your family and answer any questions your may have.

The second step is an intensive interview process for the family and student will determine eligibility for the program. Realizing that we are not able to help everyone, we are particularly looking for youth who:
  • Recognize that they are in need of help, are in a downward spiral, and/or have a desire to change
  • Accept being in the program, even if begrudgingly at first
Being accepted into our program is a privilege. Although bad behavior is something that we address, we will not tolerate any youth bringing continued disruption to the program and other students. We reserve the right to dismiss a student for such behavior and will work with the family to help recommend next steps for them.

Please contact us with any questions you have and we'll be happy to help you.

Posted by Kent Robson


Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Wisdom of Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer is a brilliant writer and wordsmith who has had enormous success in more than one career. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford, then went to Harvard Medical School, where he became a board certified psychiatrist and later went on to be the Chief Resident of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He even is credited with "discovering" a form of mania that is common in people who have Bipolar Disorder, before he gradually turned his attention to politics.

Krauthammer was in charge of psychiatric research in the Carter administration and later became a speechwriter for Vice President Mondale during his campaign for the Presidency in 1980. He later became a contributing editor to The New Republic and the Weekly Standard, and he writes a weekly column for the Washington Post that is read in over 200 newspapers across the country. In 2006, the Financial Times described him as the "most influential commentator in America."

Charles Krauthammer is also physically disabled. He became paralyzed in a diving accident during Medical School in 1972. In spite of his disability, he has brought his words and ideas into the thoughts and consciousness of many people today. Below are some of his most famous quotes.

"Take all your dukes and marquesses and earls and viscounts, pack them into one chamber, call it the House of Lords to satisfy their pride and then strip it of all political power. It's a solution so perfectly elegant and preposterous that only the British could have managed it."

"Doves oppose war on the grounds that the risks exceed the gains. War with Iraq could be very costly, possibly degenerating into urban warfare."

"Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians."

"Fairness through leveling is the essence of Obamaism."

"I am not religious. I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception. But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more respect than an appendix."

"I happen to believe that the preemption school is correct, that the risks of allowing Saddam Hussein to acquire his weapons will only grow with time."

"If Obama has his way, the change that is coming is a new America: "fair," leveled and social democratic. Obama didn't get elected to warranty your muffler. He's here to warranty your life."

"If we insist that public life be reserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who contract out the messy things in life the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery."

"If you believe that health care is a public good to be guaranteed by the state, then a single-payer system is the next best alternative. Unfortunately, it is fiscally unsustainable without rationing."

"Obama is a leveler. He has come to narrow the divide between rich and poor. For him the ultimate social value is fairness. Imposing it upon the American social order is his mission."

"Science has everything to say about what is possible. Science has nothing to say about what is permissible."

"This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such."

"Torture is an impermissible evil. Except under two circumstances. The first is the ticking time bomb. An innocent's life is at stake. The bad guy you have captured possesses information that could save this life. He refuses to divulge. In such a case, the choice is easy."

"When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back."

“When in 1966 Charles de Gaulle ordered France out of NATO and American troops off French soil, Secretary of State Dean Rusk asked him if that included the American soldiers lying dead in the cemeteries at Normandy and throughout France”

“After endless days of commuting on the freeway to an antiseptic, sealed-window office, there is a great urge to backpack in the woods and build a fire.”

“This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.”

“When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back”

“Post-Watergate morality, by which anything left private is taken as presumptive evidence of wrongdoing.”

“In the middle ages, people took potions for their ailments. In the 19th century they took snake oil. Citizens of today's shiny, technological age are too modern for that. They take antioxidants and extract of cactus instead.”

“In the old days one merely gawked at these unfortunates. Donahue's genius is to get them to talk.”

“A three-year diet of rubber chicken and occasional crow.”

Posted by Kent Robson

The Wisdom of Charles Krauthammer

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Well Known People with Disabilities

There are many well known people who have gone through incredible mental and physical challenges. in their lives. and have been successful, in spite of it all. Below is a beginning sample of names of people that you may or may not know, what they were known for and the disability that they had to deal with. If you know of some other names, leave me a note and let me know.

  1. Armstrong, Lance [Cyclist] - Cancer
  1. Bernhardt, Sarah [French Actress] - Amputee
  2. Beethoven, [Composer] - Deafness
  3. Bell, Alexander Graham [Inventor] - Learning Disability
  1. Cher [Singer/Actress] - Learning Disability
  2. Churchill, Winston [Prime Minister of Great Britain] - Learning Disability
  3. Cruise, Tom [Actor] - Learning Disability
  1. Disney, Walt [] - Learning Disability
  1. Edison [Inventor] - Learning Disability
  2. Einstein, Albert [Mathematician/Physicist] - Learning Disability

  1. Goldberg, Whoopi [Comedian/Actress] - Learning Disability
  2. Goya [Spanish Painter] - Deafness
  1. Hawking, Stephen [Physicist/Mathematician] - Lou Gerig's Disease

  1. Jenner, Bruce [] - Learning Disability
  1. Keller, Helen [Writer] - Blindness, Deafness
  2. Kennedy, John F. [President] - Addison's Disease
  1. Louganis, Greg [Olympic Diver] - Learning Disability
  1. Milton [English Author/Poet] - Blindness


  1. Patton, George [World War II General] - Learning Disability

  1. Reeves, Christopher [Actor] - Paralysis, Quadriplegia
  2. Rockefeller, Nelson [Vice President] - Dyslexia
  3. Roosevelt, [President] - Polio

  1. Tubman, Harriett [Abolitionist] - Narcolepsy
  1. Von Braun, Werner [] - Learning Disability
  1. Washington, George [President] - Learning Disability
  2. Wells, H.G. [Actor/Writer] - Learning Disability
  3. Wilson, Woodrow [President] - Dyslexia

Posted by Kent Robson

Well Known People with Disabilities

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

"When I Googled  'windmill', I found that there was millions of applications. I was like, where was this Google all this time?" (William Kamkwamba on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.)

In late 2006, a Malawian newspaper first wrote about a remarkable young man from a remote rural village. This is his story.

William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987 in Malawi, Africa, a destitute country plagued with AID's and extreme poverty. His family of 9 people lived in a very small house; without electricity or water.

At age 14, after a severe famine made their lives even more dire, William Kamkwamba set out to try to make life different for his family. After reading about how to build a windmill that could produce electricity, William decided to do the impossible in his little world and build a windmill by himself.

The windmill was so unique to the area that people came from many kilometers away to see it. When the Malawian newspaper wrote his story, his life began to change forwever.

Now 22, William's story has been heard around the world. He has co-written his story in a book called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. A movie  of the same name will be out in 2011.

Though William is not physically or mentally disabled, he was disabled by extreme poverty. His innovation in spite of struggle is what makes him stand out. Check out some of these videos about him.

If you would like to know more about William Kamkwamba, go to: http://movingwindmills.org/

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Posted by Kent Robson

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jon Blais (The Blazeman)

Jon Blais (The Blazeman) had been an elite athlete and multi sport competitor for a good part of his adult life. Competing in triathlons for 20 years, Jon's dream was always to compete in the triathlon of triathlons; the granddaddy of them all, the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. In 2005, Jon finally achieved that goal, just 5 months after he had been diagnosed with ALS.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), commonly referred to as Lou Gerig's Disease, is a horrible disease, a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the nerve cells in the brain and spinal chord. Death of these cells makes it impossible for the brain to control muscles and make them move. ALS is unpreventable, untreatable and incurable. The average life expectancy is 2-5 year.

By the time Jon competed in the Ironman, his hands were already becoming difficult to use. Jon chose to use his time in the spotlight to fight ALS the only way he knew how. He endured 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running. At the end of the race, he stopped and rolled over the finish line, finishing in 16:28:56. Since that time, the "log roll" has been done, over and over again by countless athletes, as a tribute to Jon and in support of the battle that he began, raising awareness on the ravages of ALS.

In 2006, the devastation of ALS had already taken over Jon's body, but he went back to Kona, not as a competitor, but as a voice for ALS and as a cheerleader. Brian Breen, a Chicago native, had seen Jon's inspiring accomplishment the year before and he decided to take up Jon's cause. In 2006, he was competing in honor of Jon. At the end of his race, Brian rolled over the finish line, then immediately hugged Jon, an emotional picture that was seen by many.

Jon passed away on May 27, 2007, but his legacy lives on today.

If you would like to know more about Jon Blais and The Blazeman Foundation that he created, go to:


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Posted by Kent Robson

Jon Blais (The Blazeman)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Clay Marzo Rides the Waves of Autism

Clay Marzo is the new phenom on the pro surfing circuit. Born with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of Autism, Clay's unique way of looking at the world has helped make him an innovator, specifically with his unorthodox stance, in the world of surfing. Check out this video called "Just Add Water" and read about him @ http://www.usatoday.com/sports/action/2009-09-27-marzo-surfer-autism-aspergers_N.htm

Posted by Kent Robson

Clay Marzo Rides the Waves of Autism

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Man with Cystic Fibrosis Runs New York Marathon

On this day of the 2010 New York Marathon, it is important to tell the story of Chris Dopher. Born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes heavy mucus to affect the lungs and pancreas, Chris decided to do something amazing. His goal was to run the NYC Marathon.

Now, for those who may not know, a marathon is 26.2 miles. For those who have 100% lung capacity, running a marathon requires a lot of training and is a great challenge. Chris's lungs operate at 30% less than normal. The most fit athletes can have problems running, much less finishing a marathon (read Lance Armstrong's story). Chris, who struggles for every breath, decided that he had something to prove.

So, on Marathon Day, 2008, there he was at the starting line, the names of friends who had died of CF written on his shirt.

He ran, and walked, and ran, and walked; by mile 23 he was struggling, but spurred on by his many friends. He crossed the finish line at 5 hours, 50 minutes and 12 seconds.

Eventually, Chris will need a double lung transplant. His lungs continue to deteriorate, succumbing to the ravages of this horrible disease. But until then, he is thinking about his next marathon. It is his dedication to exercise that has kept him alive. It is this dedication that keeps him going, pounding the pavement, even when he can't breathe, one step at a time.

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Posted by Kent Robson

Man with Cystic Fibrosis Runs New York Marathon

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes a thick mucus to develop that clogs various organs, specifically the lungs and pancreas. This thick mucus can also cause bacteria to get stuck in air passages, causing inflammation and infections that eventually leads to lung damage. Cystic Fibrosis affects one out of every 3,200 births.

It hasn't been too long ago that Cystic Fibrosis was considered a death sentence at a very early age. Within the last few decades, however, people with Cystic Fibrosis have lived longer and more active lives.
  • In the '80's, the life expectancy was 14 years.
  • Only ten years ago, the life expectancy was 18 years.
  • Today, the life expectancy is 35.
If you would like to learn more about Cystic Fibrosis, go to:
If you need more information about the symptoms and treatment of Cystic Fibrosis, go to:
If you are interested in reading inspiring stories about people who are dealing with Cystic Fibrosis, check out these stories:
  • Breathe, a story about Becky Stubbs
  • Man with Cystic Fibrosis Runs NYC Marathon

Posted by Kent Robson

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

eLeg Technology

A Berkley company has introduced a battery-powered exoskeleton that allows paraplegics the ability to get out of their wheelchairs and walk on their feet.

Called eLEGs, this exoskeleton works with a battery backpack, leg braces and crutches. As the user moves the right crutch forward, the mechanism moves the left leg forward and vice versa.

Exoskeletons are wearable, artificially intelligent bionic devices and have primarily been used in the military to enhance soldiers' strength and endurance in the battlefield. Only recently has the healthcare industry been looking at exoskeletons for assistance with people with disabilities.

The use of exoskeletons go way beyond giving paraplegics robotic legs. They can also teach people to learn how to walk again. Check out this amazing video about the future of robotics and the people who may benefit from them.

Berkeley Bionics is the company that has created eLEGs. Adapted from the Lockheed Martin’s Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) exoskeleton, a system designed to help military soldiers traverse through rough terrain without injuries, Berkeley Bionics modified the HULC to make the eLEGs extremely user friendly with a Velcro strap, backpack-style clips and shoulder straps; anybody should be able to slip it on and off in a minute or two. The eLEGS will fit most people between 5′ 2″ and 6′ 4″, weighing 220 pounds or less, and Berkeley Bionics said it was especially important to make the exoskeleton thin, lightweight and very quiet when operated.

The eLEGS will initially be available at select rehabilitation centers starting July 2011. The company also plans a mobile version of eLEGS for home use.

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Posted by Kent Robson

eLeg Technology