a greek word meaning a 'special kind of love'
Inn is a long term and respite program designed to provide nurturing care,
therapeutic programming, and social, recreational and learning experiences
for children with developmental disabilities, autism and other behavioral
and emotional problems.
Agape Inn facilities include handicapped accessible residences, an activity
building, swimming pool, basketball court, nature trails, picnic
areas, indoor and outdoor craft areas, and playground, set on five acres
of attractively landscaped and wooded property.
in 1987, the mission of Agape Inn is to provide each individual, regardless
of ability, with a respectful, safe, nurturing and supportive environment,
designed to create positive change towards the acquisition of new skills,
to foster relationships and promote personal independence.
program of James F. Farr Academy, Inc. in Cambridge, Agape Inn is a 501(c)(3)
non profit organization. We welcome anyone who wants to learn more about
our children and/or our programs.
PROVIDED AT AGAPE INN
a community residence, Agape Inn offers a home-like environment where
residents are provided a structured learning and living experience through
instruction in daily living skills, vocational, and recreational activities.
Specific services include:
Agape Inn has on-site medical staff who provide oversight of the residents’
daily health needs. Nurses coordinate community based routine medical
services and specialty evaluations. Parents or guardians shall have the
right to maintain and arrange for services provided by the physician and/or
dentist of their choice.
Counseling, therapy, and psychiatric services may be arranged in the community,
as needed. The program has access to community-based clinical resources
for individual and group therapy, expressive therapy, and family/parent
support services in addition to in-house clinical services including individual,
group, and family therapy. The focus is on supporting the resident and
family during the stay in the program and on assisting in a smooth and
orderly transition to the community or other group care setting upon completion
of the program.
One of the goals of Agape Inn is that each resident will eventually be
returning to his/her home, if appropriate, or to a semi-independent living
situation. In order for this to occur, the parents/guardians are expected
to participate in the process of transition developed by Agape Inn. Provision
of counseling services is the responsibility of the referring placement
agency. The nature and scope of services will be outlined in the Individual
Service Plan. To read our Plan for Family Work click
Although some residents may remain in their present school placement,
Agape Inn works closely with several public, private, and collaborative
school programs. All are available as day school placements to residents
of Agape Inn. It is the intention of Agape Inn to work with school systems
and agencies to assure the most appropriate educational and/or vocational
setting for each resident.
Transportation to attend counseling, medical, dental visits and program
activities will be provided by Agape Inn. Children will use seat belts
and be supervised at all times. Permission forms for in- and out-of-state
travel must be signed.
A variety of leisure and recreational activities are offered both on-site
and in the community. All activity planning includes input from staff
and residents and is supervised by the Activities Coordinator. There is
a structured schedule for weekly activities which includes a wide range
of gross motor, fine motor, sensory integration, and skill building activities
which relate to the residents’ ISP goals. For example, arts and
crafts, cooking, sports, Boy and Girl Scouts, nature walks, various seasonal
activities, including supervised swimming in the Agape Inn pool.
(Activities for Daily Living)
Independent living skills are taught daily. Each child has a plan which
addresses his/her unique needs to further the ability to acquire skills
required for independent living. In addition, there are structured group
activities including a girls’ “Beauty Night” and “Boys’
For residents with limited communication skills, staff utilizes PEC (Picture
Exchange Communications) which provides the child with an alternative
method of communicating.
with Placement Agency
Agape Inn will maintain regular contact with social workers via telephone,
e-mail, Incident Reports, and written quarterly progress reports. The
placement agency will be notified of planning meetings and quarterly reviews.
For planned terminations, predictability and communication are essential.
Meetings between Agape Inn and the placement agency will be scheduled
on an ongoing basis to discuss appropriate “next steps” as
the resident makes progress in his/her placement with us.
Agape Inn is licensed to admit children from 0-21. We serve children with
a wide range of needs including autism spectrum disorder diagnoses, expressive
communication issues, medical conditions requiring supervision, emotional
disturbance, and histories of acting-out. The program does not accept
children with a history of firesetting. We will respond to referral inquiries
within three days with an initial indication of appropriateness of the
referral, and our standard intake takes about two weeks to complete.
program is overseen by a full time staff member. She is responsible for
all aspects of arranging offsite activities and maintaining onsite supplies.
She assigns the staff member that will provide transportation in a program
van and facilitate the offsite recreation opportunity. Case managers are
responsible for identifying a resident’s interest areas and sharing
them with the recreation manager, who will attempt to match a weekly off
site activity to the resident’s interest. While all residents are
strongly encouraged to participate in on and off grounds activities, participation
is voluntary. Activities that are inherently dangerous, such as sky diving,
will not be approved. Activities that are developmentally inappropriate
will not be approved, this determination will be made by the Program Director,
with input from the resident’s case manager.
of Offsite Activities:
Arts and crafts
Black History month celebration
FOR FAMILY WORK
Family Work section applies to cases where DCF (Department of Children
and Families) allows residents contact with their families. In some cases,
contact between a resident and their family is restricted, if not completely
the initial referral contact, needs of the family are described by the
referring person or agency, typically the Department of Children and Families.
During the intake process, parents are invited to visit Agape Inn with
the child. During this visit, child and family needs are discussed and
assessed. At this time and during the first 30 days of placement, the
child is observed and assessed.
of children in the residential program are expected to participate in
the program to the greatest level possible. Visitation on a regular basis
and an active role in seasonal activities of the program is offered.
the children in long term residential care, contact with families is maintained
by phone calls, meetings, and invitations to family members to share in
various activities and field trips (e.g. parties, circus, and museum trips).
In cases where parents are not actively involved, for any or many reasons,
Agape Inn, with the cooperation of the referring agency, will attempt
to maintain sibling contact through visitation here at Agape Inn or in
a neutral setting, whichever is most beneficial to the children. Parents
are also invited to participate in our training program to learn techniques
of working with their children and to develop a better understanding of
the various medical conditions and/or other disabilities. The nature and
scope of services will be outlined in the Individual Service Plan.
to admission, parents are given an organizational chart. In addition,
parents are informed of the assigned case manager and means of contacting
him/her. An information packet is provided which describes the program,
services and related policies and procedures. The designated staff person
is expected to establish a professional relationship and maintain regular
contact for the purpose of:
crisis intervention/assessment, if necessary
the family to adjust with the resident placement and separation
overview of behavior management and restraint procedures and if requested
a copy of the restraint curricula
a visiting plan
updates and progress reports
families to participate in planning for the child’s return home
or to another community setting