FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Families can be disrupted by many outside factors, including a child's court involvement.  At times, families realize that other disruptions have been affecting them even before the court became involved.  Family Support Services offers the opportunity to look at your family as a whole and begin to restore the balance and commitment needed to function together effectively.

PROGRAM GOALS


  • To assist in preventing the placement of a child in out-of home care or to provide for an earlier return home of a child.
  • To provide assistance to parents in need of additional support in parenting or stabilizing the home environment.
  • To strengthen the skills of parents, while addressing barriers to providing effective parenting.

REFERRAL CRITERIA


  • Open Truancy or Delinquency case
  • Parent needs additional support in parenting skills, stabilizing the home environment, and/or addressing personal issues (i.e. substance abuse, mental health, relationships, etc.).
  • Preferred YLS Risk Assessment score in the moderate

     Referral Source:
     Judge/Referee OR Juvenile Court Officer

PROGRAM COMPONENTS
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Group Meetings     Intensive Casework Services    Outside Services
•Parent Support Groups (weekly)
•Teen Support Group or Rational Behavioral Therapy Group as needed
  •Risk Assessment and goal settings
•Weekly meetings with FSS worked (bi-weekly in the home)
•Additional contact throughout week
•Assistance in obtaining services
•Support mastering new skills and meeting the challenges of parenting teens

   •Referrals to additional services as needed (such as individual counseling,
substance abuse treatment, budgeting, etc.)