Youths settle into a home like they never had before

June 27, 2007
The walls are freshly painted, the furniture is new and the teenage boys moving in are excited about living in the spacious, five-bedroom home off Newburg Road in Louisville.
     "I was amazed," Anthony Rogers, 16, said of the home he's been waiting to move into after living at Brooklawn, a residential center for abused or neglected children. "This will be like living in a real house."
     Brooklawn Child & Family Services began moving the first residents into the group home yesterday -- after a delay of several months caused by opposition from some nearby residents and a legal challenge that is pending.
     But the state recently issued a license for what will be a supervised group home for eight teenage boys. And David Graves, president of Brooklawn, said the private, nonprofit children's agency saw no reason to delay the move further.