Intensive Neglect Services

INTENSIVE NEGLECT SERVICES PROGRAM
The Intensive Neglect Services Program (INS) is designed to provide enhanced casework services for families petitioned to the court due to neglect and/or abuse. The objective of the INS Program is to prevent the placement of children in foster care or permit an earlier return of the children who have been placed in foster care.

PROGRAM GOALS
  • Increase parent's understanding and ability to practically utilize knowledge of child development and appropriate child  management routines.
  • Improve and Enhance the emotional adjustment and self concept of parents and children.
  • Improve parent's ability to modulate and diffuse stress (including anger) in socially appropriate ways. Improve and strengthen communication skills. 
  • Increase family's problem solving skills.
CRITERIA FOR REFERRAL
  • Staffed by the Family Services Director and INS Juvenile Court Officers.
  • Parent's capability of change.
  • Parent's motivation to change
PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Required Meetings
  • Parent Support Groups (weekly)
  • Children's Group
  • Common Sense Parenting
Intensive Casework Services
  • Minimum once weekly in-home meeting
  • Multiple other contacts
  • Assisting family in making arrangements for appointments and transportation
  • Risk Assessment and ongoing case planning
  • Support in mastering new skills
Outside Services
  • Utilized as needed, may include:
          counseling
          home-based family interventions
          substance use treatment

MISSION STATEMENT
The Intensive Neglect Services Program will focus on eliminating neglectful and abusive behaviors while ensuring that children of Ingham County will be raised in a home environment which is conducive to healthy emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

For questions, please contact:  Mary Ferranti, Family Services Director at 517-483-6373.

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