Break vs. Sprain

I recently managed to break my foot and sprain my ankle.Woman on crutches with injured foot

As the doctor explained, there is a firm timeline and expectation for the healing of a break. Sprains are a different story. The timeline for a sprain to heal is not standardized and I was told to expect it to take at least a year before it is back to normal.

As I have recuperated from this physical trauma, it got me to thinking about the youth Boys and Girls Homes serves.

When children are taken into care, it is intended to be a temporary removal, more like a sprain with an undetermined timeline. Certain conditions have to be met for the next step of healing to be taken, but no one knows how long it will take to meet those conditions.

The uncertainty can create an additional level of stress for everyone involved. It can create an unwillingness to attempt the next step for fear of pain and failure.

But, for the children in the care of B&GH, whether on campus or in a foster home, they are provided with a safe, caring, and supportive environment to encourage taking the steps toward reunification.

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Melissa Hopkins is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

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