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Dr. Robert P Franks

President's Blog ~ May 2017

May 8, 2017

As we enjoy the warmer weather and spring sunshine, the cycles of the season also bring the end of the school year and anticipation of summer. The end of the school year can sometimes be a stressful time as children and adolescents try to finish end-of-year projects, study for final exams, and anticipate year-end report cards. Many children are also juggling sports and other recreational activities. Parents are busy trying to help their children through these challenging weeks and months while planning ahead for summer activities and childcare. It can be a chaotic and stressful time for famili...
Dr. Robert P Franks

President's Blog ~ February 2017

February 13, 2017

It is hard to believe, but Judge Baker Children’s Center is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary in 2017! One hundred years ago, the Center was established to honor the late Judge Harvey Humphrey Baker, an early pioneer in children’s mental health. Judge Baker was one of the first juvenile court judges in the nation and when he saw the troubled children and adolescents coming through his court, he knew that they needed more than punishment. He paved the way for looking at these children and adolescents differently with an understanding perspective that acknowledged their challenges and r...
Dr. Bob Franks

President's Blog ~ September 2016

September 28, 2016

QUALITY Why does it matter?  We care about quality in many parts of our lives.  We seek the best possible quality available especially when it comes to our children.  We worry about their teachers, their friends, how they spend their free time.  When they are sick or injured we want to be sure they are receiving the very highest quality care.  We would not take our child to see a doctor who was not using the most proven medical interventions and medicines to treat our children.  What is the first thing we do if our child needs to see a specialist, or we move to a new town and need to fin...
Robert P. Franks, PhD

President's Blog ~ June 2016

June 20, 2016

Summer has arrived! We’ve waited with anticipation for the warm weather, beauty of the outdoors and opportunities to enjoy our families and friends. Children eagerly await the end of the school year and look forward to summer vacation. Summer is finally here. Unfortunately, for many children, mental health challenges don’t take a vacation in the summer months. While children may experience less academic pressure, the increased amount of unstructured time with family can sometimes exacerbate their difficulties. For children with social challenges, summer vacation can present added stress. W...
Robert P Franks PhD

President's Blog ~ April 2016

April 16, 2016

APRIL 2016  As we welcome the arrival of spring, we look forward to new beginnings and the promise of change. Spring brings the end of the school year, anticipation of summer vacations, enjoying the outdoors and reconnecting with our families. However, for many families, the realities of mental health struggles are ever present. Raising a child with special needs or behavioral health challenges can make each day feel difficult and stressful, and at times make optimism and hope feel out of reach. Parents and caregivers need to know that they do not have to struggle alone. Judge Baker Children'...