In 1973, George and Betty Wakeling left Canada for Laguna Beach seeking a “change of lifestyle” and a way to help those less fortunate. They soon zeroed in on the plight of abandoned children and troubled youth; young souls thrown into situations they were not equipped to handle and who felt they had nowhere to turn.
Concept 7™ was established as a licensed group home agency based around the concepts they felt defined effective care. Over the next 14 years the agency expanded to include six group homes and two ranches. In 1986, recognizing that youth who finished the group home programs would benefit from a greater continuity of care, Concept 7™ added a licensed foster family agency to its service continuum and began its foster family program, which tripled in capacity in its first year. In the 30+ years since, in response to the evidence-based call for more permanency and family-based care, Concept 7™ has expanded its menu of supportive and supplemental services, has closed its group homes in favor of expanding its foster family programs, and has added a licensed adoption agency to its comprehensive services for at-risk families and youth. In 2017, Concept 7 joined the Junior Blind of America family as the organization’s foster family agency and adoption services program.
Founded on the idea that effective programs to heal must include the seven concepts of:
Rescue: Concept 7 represents a place of rescue for abused and neglected children.
Recognition: A child learns to recognize that help is available and that they are valued as a person.
Relationship: The child begins to embrace relationships with family, adults and peers.
Responsibility: The child learns to integrate a healthy responsibility for his/her behavior.
Respect: The child begins to embrace self-respect and self-esteem, with a healthy respect for rules, others and society as a whole.
Resolution: No cycle is complete without resolution of the pain and suffering of the past.
Renewal: The child comes to know the renewing energy of love and hope for the future.