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Concept 7

Concept 7 was established as a licensed group home agency based around the concepts that founders George and Betty Wakeling felt defined effective care. Over the next 14 years the agency expanded to include six group homes and two ranches. In1986, 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 over 20 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.