difficult for parents to know where to turn when they realize their
child is troubled or confused and in need of outside professional
help. After finding help, they discover the difficulties of getting
their child to the chosen school or program. Fortunately, there
are a few excellent escort agencies available to assist you. Unfortunately,
there are also many agencies that lack the training, experience
and motivation to assure the greatest degree of success.
Find out the type of education and on-going training the escort
agency requires of their agents.
It's necessary for an agency to stay educated on current techniques
used in today's escort and adolescent services. Transport agencies
should know the laws of the city, county, and state where the transport
will take place to avoid any legal complications that could hamper
a transport. Equipped with this information, trained agents can
then take the appropriate measures to ensure a positive experience
and a successful transport.
How long has the agency been escorting adolescents, how many transports
have they completed, and what is their success rate?
The experience level of the company you are hiring to transport
your adolescent could indicate the agency's competency to handle
whatever may arise in your situation.
3. Does the agency use restraints,
and if so, why and how often?
A good escort agency uses mental rather than physical power. Some
agencies treat a child as if they were a criminal, instead of a
troubled youth. To assure these adolescents arrive at the facility
with an open mind, they need counseling as they're being escorted.
If possible, the youth need to view this as a positive experience;
one that will equip them to become individuals capable of making
good decisions for their future.
How many trained staff does the agency employ?
The diversity of staff members allows an agency flexibility. After
doing a psychological and physical profile of the child, the company
can determine the agent, or agents, who can best work with the child
during the escort.
5. What other
services can the agency provide?
Some companies can locate runaway children, or hold the child for
a few days until the school or program is ready for them. Some may
have a private plane at their disposal if needed for an escort.
Others have trained agents capable of going undercover to infiltrate
various segments of society when necessary. These diverse skills
and services can prove invaluable in dealing with the unique requirements
of your situation.
6. What is the
In crisis situations, you should know the agency's hours of operation
and ease of access.
Ask for references and letters from parents who have used the agency
These items should be readily available to you,as you determine
what transport company will work best with your youth.
8. What are
the agency's goals?
What will the escort agents accomplish by the end of the escort?
Is their focus simply getting the child to the placement, or are
they concerned with helping the child to see the placement as a
positive step towards help.
9. Use your
Is the escort agency really involved in helping your child, or is
their primary focus on money? Get all of the facts necessary to
help you make an informed decision.