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Programs

Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (South Central Medical Home Initiative)

Caregiver Support Team
Empowerment and Literacy Groups

Family-Based Recovery
Integrated Family Violence Services

Multisystemic Therapy-Building Stronger Families
Neighborhood Victim Advocacy Program
New Haven Family Partnership
Nurturing Families Network
Parenting Support and Parental Rights Initiative

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
Wyman Teen Outreach Program

Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (South Central Medical Home Initiative)

Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs

Family CT partners with families and providers to link children and youth with special health care needs and their families to services and resources in a coordinated effort to maximize the potential of children and youth, optimize health outcomes and improve quality of care. Comprehensive, patient-centered services are provided by four Care Coordinators responsible for completing initial assessments, developing an individualized, comprehensive and coordinated Care Plan, helping families and providers to understand, support and implement the Care Plan, making needed service referrals and addressing barriers to provision of needed services, monitoring and updating the Care Plan and providing information, education and supportive counseling to children, youth and family members and working closely with the regional and statewide Family Support Networks.

Caregiver Support Team

 

Caregiver Support Team works to prevent the disruption of placements and increase stability and permanency by providing timely in-home clinical interventions to kinship, foster and pre-adoptive families. It recognizes that the supports necessary for kinship families are often different than those in traditional foster or pre-adoptive homes. It recognizes the effects of trauma, grief and loss on children and families.

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Empowerment and Literacy Groups

The Child and Teen Empowerment Groups provide counseling, early intervention and educational services over twelve weeks for 1.5 hours each session to children and adolescents who have witnessed domestic abuse. These services help children cope with their current or past trauma to progress into adulthood with a stable and healthy foundation that fosters personal growth and well-being. The Child Empowerment Group's long-term goal is to end the cycle of domestic abuse and all forms of violence for children who are being physically abused or who witness violence in their homes.

The Healthy Relationships Educational Group is focused on early intervention and violence prevention and protection services for middle school students. The group works to reduce dating and domestic violence by helping students develop leadership skills and empowering them with knowledge concerning dating violence, sexual assault, and domestic violence. A goal of the group is to empower students with the knowledge and motivation to protect themselves from dangerous situations. The group also seeks to encourage participants to educate their friends and classmates about the material learned in the group. By sharing their knowledge about the many forms of violence, the group will have great potential to reach beyond its direct participants. Group topics include emotional, physical, and sexual violence, dating violence, gender roles and sexual control, anger, communication and peer pressure.

Familyread helps parents use reading and story sharing techniques as a way to connect with their children. Familyread teaches comprehension, critical thinking, problem solving, speaking and writing skills while helping parents and children explore their own needs and feelings through the use of multicultural children's literature. This program is made possible through a partnership between The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and The Connecticut Humanities Council.

Circle of Security helps to promote secure attachment between young children and their parents and strengthen parents' ability to observe and improve their caregiving capacity and connect to their infants and toddlers.

Family CT's programs are comprehensive and children and families receive an array of services to meet their needs. In addition to our core programs, we ensure that basic needs are met through our food bank, clothing, diapers and an emergency fund. Staff members often go over and beyond for families and provide transportation to specialized services and court, school or medical appointments. Family CT has found that most of its families would not have received help without its services. They participate because of the talented and caring staff, comprehensive and effective programs, and free, bilingual and bicultural services.

 

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Family-Based Recovery

 

A new intensive in-home service developed by the Yale Child Study Center, Johns Hopkins University and the CT Department of Children and Families for families with infants or toddlers who are at risk for abuse and/or neglect, poor developmental outcomes and removal due to parental substance abuse. FBR works to promote stability, safety and permance for families through intensive psychotherapy, substance abuse treatment and attachment-based parent-child therapy.

 

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Integrated Family Violence Services

Integrated Family Violence Services

Family CT's IFVS focuses on restoring, repairing and healing family relationships through safety planning, parenting education, counseling and referrals. Its goals are to increase the safety of abused parents and children, reduce traumatization, help non-offending parents and children stabilize their lives after victimization and restore family relationships. It uses a woman-defined advocacy approach that respects the ability of each woman to make informed choices, and also employs dyad-based interventions focused on repairing, restoring and healing relationships. The combination of these approaches works to end the cycle of abuse and prevent future victimization for children.

Multisystemic Therapy - Building Stronger Families

 

Multisystemic Therapy - Building Stronger Families is the newest addition to our continuum of services. It is an intensive, home-based treatment model for families of children ages 6-17 who have come to the attention of the CT Department of Children and Families due to the physical abuse and/or neglect of a child and due to the parental abuse of or dependence upon marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol or other substances. The treatment includes substance abuse treatment in the form of reinforcement-based therapy and other evidence-based behavioral health interventions. It is a strengths-based model that operates on the belief that substance abuse is a learned behavior and substance abuse treatment works.

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Neighborhood Victim Advocacy Program

The Neighborhood Victim Advocacy Program began in 1996 and works to increase the safety of crime victims and help them stabilize their lives after experiencing trauma. It is a crisis intervention initiative that provides an array of victim services, primarily to domestic abuse survivors and also to victims of elder abuse, robbery, assault and hate and bias crimes. These services are coordinated with the New Haven Department of Police Services. Services include psycho-education, counseling, safety planning, assistance in filing victim compensation forms and obtaining restraining orders, court accompaniment, transportation and referral for other needed services.

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New Haven Family Partnership

New Haven Family Partnership

The New Haven Family Partnership works to end the cycle of homelessness by providing case management to help find housing and other needed community services, assessment of the family system, developmental and behavioral assessments of children and short-term counseling for children. Services are provided to families that are currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who are coping with HIV/AIDS, mental illness or substance abuse. The Partnership is a collaboration between Family CT, The Connection, Inc. and New Haven Home Recovery.

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Nurturing Families Network

Family CT's Nurturing Families Network provides home-based and group parenting education, developmental screening and case management services to first-time parents to prevent child abuse and neglect and improve health and developmental outcomes for children. NFN staff are trained and certified in the Parents As Teachers program. This curriculum-based early childhood parent education and family support program is designed for families from pregnancy through kindergarten to give parents the information and support they need to help their children develop optimally during the early years of life. Developmental screenings, parent education and family strengthening activities work to increase parental knowledge of early childhood development, improve parenting practices, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, increase children's school readiness and school success and prevent child abuse and neglect.

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Parenting Support and Parental Rights Initiative

The Parenting Support and Parental Rights Initiative provides help to parents with psychiatric disabilities to educate parents about their parental rights, maintain custody of their children, help make informed choices around their children's care, obtain needed services, develop temporary guardianship plans and promote values of personal empowerment, family stability and recovery. Key program components include individualized, home-based services, parenting skill training, education about mental illness and symptom management, legal advice and advocacy, linkage to other needed community resources, group support and peer mentoring.

Parent Education Program

 

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Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Simple and practical strategies to help parents confidently manage their children’s behaviour, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships.

This is an evidence-based model delivered by trained Parent Educators.

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Wyman Teen Outreach Program

Teen Outreach Program

Family CT collaborates with Barnard Environmental Studies School and High School in the Community in New Haven, West Haven High Schoo, and Park City Magnet School in Bridgeport to implement the Wyman Teen Outreach Program, an evidence-based program model first developed in 1978 and shown to be highly effective in preventing risk factors that contribute to drop out rates, academic failure, teen pregnancy and other negative behaviors. TOP teens gather weekly throughout the school year for curriculum-guided discussions about relevant issues and making good decisions for the future, and they participate in regular community service learning and neighborhood improvement projects. The structured community service allows the students to become "help givers", develop positive and supportive relationships with adults and other peers and promotes a sense of purpose and healthy behavior and decision-making.

To make a referral to a Family CT program or request more information, call (203) 624-2600 x300.

 

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