The Family Treatment Team provides counseling and support for families in which abuse and neglect of children has been identified or where risk factors for abuse and neglect is determined to be high. Family Systems Theory is used in working with these families. This approach regards the family as a whole unit for treatment, and it includes the nuclear family as well as the extended family. The intent of our involvement is to develop and improve upon the safety and protection of the children, to improve the health and welfare of the family as a unit and to create effective functioning in the home as well as in the community.
The Family Treatment Team has two specific programs within the team that focus on maintaining the children in their homes if possible, but if not, to have them in a placement other than the Foster Care System. These programs are Alternative Caregivers Program and Family Group Decision-Making.
- The Alternative Caregivers Program offers limited financial assistance for living arrangements for children who can not live with either of their parents and are in threat of being placed in foster care or for children who can be released from foster care but not to their own parents. The referring social worker must determine that there is a need for a safe environment outside of the parental home.
- Family Group Decision-Making is a process in which families are engaged and empowered to make decisions and develop plans that nurture and protect their children from further abuse and neglect. This program involves family extended family support people community members and service providers coming together to create a plan for the care and safety of the children and/or vulnerable family members. Family Group Decision-Making is a voluntary process that draws on family experience knowledge and resources.
In addition, we offer an 11-week Anger Management Class for those persons who are involved with Social Services, whose family a social worker has determined would benefit from the class, and who agree to attend and be an active participant.