4-year-old David and 2-year-old Hagai arrived at the Emergency Center after being hospitalized in the hospital for a few days.
Their mother, who lived separately from their father, arrived tired and angry from work, flew into a rage over the noise the children were making, locked them in separate bathrooms and beat them violently with a belt.
The belt marks on the backs of the children lasted many days after they were treated in the children department in the hospital.
Neighbors heard their ongoing cries and called the police that found the children locked in the bathrooms beaten up, neglected and smelling bad.
The mother was sent to prison and the welfare department was not familiar with the father of the children, who lived in a distant town and is not involved in taking care of the children, decided to transfer the children to the Emergency Center for evaluation and diagnosis of the situation of the children and to build a treatment plan for the children and family.
David, 4 years old, had the look of a neglected and hurt child; it seemed as if his parent paid no attention to his needs whatsoever. Even after his meal he claimed he did not get any food, hid puzzle pieces in his pocket during playing and would break out crying violently along with painful shrieking.
Hagai, 2 years old, chubby boy, blond and heart capturing had an extreme anxiety attack in every activity and transference between different divisions in the home. He was afraid of brushing his teeth or changing his diaper, he was a confused, scared and lost toddler.
The children were paired with personal mentors (big brother), they received therapy twice a week and various Para-medical treatments by a communication therapist and the occupational therapist, the Emergency Center daycare staff performed personal communication, speech and language learning plans with each child.
The Emergency Center staff made sure to maintain close relations with both parents. The children visited their mother in prison and she expressed great regret and sorrow for what she had done.
The father received intensive parental training in his meeting with his children that took place several times a week.
He showed that his parental abilities were getting better and better and at the end of the process, after being able to be around his children for several long days, the Emergency center recommended to pass the children over to him.
David and Hagai spent 5 months at the Emergency Center and went through a great change, their self-confidence came back, they significantly reduced their development delay they accumulated and their ability to communicate and reach out to adults improved significantly.
The development doctor that examined Hagai close to the end of his stay in the center discovered, to his astonishment, that the child is functioning in all areas of development at a higher level expected for his age.
The Emergency Center staff together with the Welfare department in the fathers’ place of living took care of appropriate educational frameworks for the children and for continuing the family treatment in order to maintain the achievements from the center. After a community welfare clerk visited the fathers’ house, the courthouse approved the Emergency centers’ recommendation and transferred the children to the authority of their father.
From visitation of the Emergency Center staff and the city Welfare services in the family’s’ home it seems that the children are being well taken care of by their father, who is intensively assisted by the welfare services and their condition is satisfactory.