Family Support and Stabilization

Our approach with multi-challenged families is based on the premise that families are our most powerful social institution.  By strengthening, supporting and, when possible, maintaining families, we are best able to offer children the safe and nurturing environments they need.

Parent Aide:  This service forms the cornerstone of Family Support and Stabilization Services by acting both to prevent more intensive intervention and as a follow-up after more intensive interventions have succeeded.  Parent Aides teach individuals activities of daily living and how to manage the stress that often accompanies these tasks.  These include basic tasks such as house cleaning, food shopping, meal preparation, and money management. They may also include teaching skills directly related to child safety such as effective boundaries between parents and children, non-abusive forms of discipline and adjusting to changes associated with developmental stages and growth.  Parent Aides provide a consistent relationship between a trained professional and a primary caretaker whose family is at risk of or is currently experiencing problems with child abuse and/or neglect.  The service is designed to preserve at-risk families.

In-Home Substance Abuse Treatment:  Referrals are made to this service when a family member’s substance abuse disorder (parent, child, other caregiver) is contributing to the imminent removal of a child or preventing their reunification.  The service is designed to connect the family with the necessary substance abuse disorder treatment to allow the family to reunify or remain intact.

Family Visitation Center:  The center provides a variety of services that promote safe visitation between children and their parents, including services for the non-custodial parent as required by their DCF Service Plan.  Services include supervised visits with staff oversight as well as unsupervised time with the children in a safe environment.  The spacious playroom has toys and books that promote constructive interaction between parents and their children.   Skilled visitation clinicians trained in family systems and dynamics are available during visits to provide families with re-direction, feedback, role modeling and cueing in order to increase skills and parent effectiveness.  As parenting skills increase, intensive supervision may decrease and the family may move into an unsupervised visitation arrangement.  For parents allowed to visit their children unsupervised or off-site, the center provides a safe and neutral place to transfer children between parents who cannot or choose not to have contact with each other.