Family Support Services
Utilizing a family driven approach, our goal is to create a partnership among service systems, families and youth while viewing the families as partners and colleagues in the process. Working together to create a system of care with the understanding that children with cross-system needs are best served in their own homes, schools and communities.
Services are delivered with an understanding of the individual family culture as well as the ethnic, social and environmental framework in which a family exists. We focus on the strengths and competencies of a family, using an unconditional care approach. This means if the plan is not working, we change it. It is our responsibility to adapt to the needs of the family, working in a collaborative effort to create a seamless and continuous system of support.
- Referral to and assistance with accessing community resources
- Parent support groups, parenting skills training, parent advocacy skill building and home management skills
- Transitional services with special education and assistance with CSE meeting process
- Support during stages of transition which may be unfamiliar (placements, crisis, between service systems)
Children and youth ages 21 and under with emotional, social and/or behavioral problems are eligible for services.
Referrals do not require a previous diagnosis or classification.
Parents, physicians or therapists, schools, community agencies and the Probation Department may make referrals.
Completion of a referral form is the first step in the process.
Referrals received from the Single Point of Access program (SPOA) do not require a separate referral form.
Once the referral form has been submitted, your family will be contacted by a Family Peer Advocate to begin the process of planning meetings, service provider consultations and coordination of services.
Contact Jamie Spraker, Children and Family Services Team Leader
(518) 725-4310 ext. 139