Full Case Management
Full Case Management is the coordination and monitoring of services on behalf of a child client and his or her caretakers. These services include abuse prevention/treatment, mental health counseling, psychiatric consultation, case plan management, medical care, dental care and the provision of a nurturing, therapeutic living environment. A key element of case management in child welfare is the ongoing assessment of the client's needs and progress in services.
This program utilizes the Nurturing Parenting curriculum, which is a recognized psycho-educational program that is distinguished for its effectiveness in improving parenting skills and parent-child interactions with at-risk families. The intent of this program is to increase the strength and stability of the family, increase the parents' confidence and competence in their parenting abilities, and to afford children a stable and supportive family environment and otherwise enhance child development.
Child Parent Psychotherapy
Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), also sometimes called dyadic therapy, is an evidence-based, attachment therapy for children aged birth through 5 years who are showing mental health or behavioral problems, including symptoms of post-traumatic stress. The treatment is geared towards children who have trauma caused by significant and substantial experiences of neglect, abuse, or prolonged and unresolved pain. The therapy brings the parent and child dyad together to address these issues and form bonds in a safe and nurturing environment. In addition, it enhances the parent's and/or caregiver's understanding of child development including cognition, communication, physical and social/emotional.
For FRC clients, Child Parent Psychotherapy is very often court-mandated after a parent has had his/her child removed because of abuse or neglect. Children under age five comprise the largest percentage of maltreated children (Wulczyn, Hislop, & Harden, 2002; Dicker and Gordon, 2004).
Supervised & Therapeutically Supervised Visitation
Family Resource Center's Supervised & Therapeutically Supervised Visitation Program addresses children's well-being and specifically serves those children who have suffered child abuse and neglect. In many cases, reunification with the biological parent or parents is the best possible outcome for children who get removed into foster care. For the child, living with a new family or caregiver with new rules and routines can be incredibly stressful and scary, especially if the child feels unloved and alienated. The child will often deal with feelings of abandonment, aggression, depression and anxiety. Visiting between biological parents and their children is generally considered to be the most important factor contributing toward timely family reunification. Many scholars have not only highlighted the beneficial effects of children's contact with their biological parents while in out-of-home care, but the detrimental effects of the absence of visiting, with respect to the emotional adjustment of the child.
Foster Children's After-School Tutoring
Family Resource Center's tutoring program seeks to support children in foster care at a time when they are most vulnerable and help to ensure that their involvement in the dependency system does not derail their future life opportunities due to poor academic performance. The project provides tutoring in-home for all K-12 subject areas.
Many children in foster care and their temporary caretakers are low-income and have limited access to transportation. Since this program comes to them, it eliminates the need for travel. Tutoring is offered up to four hours per week and is provided after school or on weekends if needed. In order to prevent summer learning loss, FRC provides our program throughout the summer months as well.