Child & Family Services
The Child and Family Services Program works with children between the ages of 3 and 12 who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. The child’s family is seen as the primary point of intervention with the belief that with the right skills and supports, parents and caretakers can provide a safe, nurturing environment for the child regardless of the child’s behavioral and emotional problems. The Child and Family Services Program is based on the belief that all children do best when they are living in a home-like setting.
There are a variety of services offered to assist families in managing their children. The decision about which of these services is most appropriate is jointly made with the family and the child’s therapist. Services offered include:
Licensed therapist meet with the child and family on a regular basis to develop
strategies to assist in managing the child’s emotional and behavioral difficulties. Typically these therapy sessions will include the child and family members. Children who need evaluation for medication and follow-up monitoring are referred to our staff psychiatrist specializing in working with children and adolescent or to a child psychiatrist in the community.
Case Management Services are provided to those children and families who are experiencing significant stress due to environmental factors such as housing issues, transportation issues, and difficulty accessing appropriate services. The goal of case management is to assist the family in developing the necessary skills and resources to manage these situations if they occur again, and to reduce the level of stress to the point that the child and family can participate fully in therapy and the parents can focus more of their energy on parenting.
Our “Putting Parents in Charge” workshops consist of six weekly meetings. Childcare and meals are provided during evening meetings in order to make it easier for parents to attend. The focus of the parenting workshops is to increase and enhance the set of skills parents use to manage their child. Topics such as limit setting, punishment, and healthy family boundaries are addressed.
Intensive In-Home services are provided to those children who are at risk of out of home placement due to the child’s psychiatric condition. The goal of Intensive In-Home services is to stabilize the child’s psychiatric condition to the point that there is little risk of out-of-home placement. In-Home services include individual and family therapy services as well as case management. In-Home counselors are accessible to families 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Services typically range from 3 to 5 hours a week and last 4 to 5 months.