No parent becomes a parent with the intent of harming their child. All too many parents are unprepared for the responsibilities of parenthood, particularly if their child has complex needs. However, many parents want to do better and they can do better if they have the tools they need to succeed.
The Family Connections program provides intensive support and resources to families in their own homes – services similar to those offered in the foster care program. If a child has been in out of home care, in home support helps ease the safe transition back into a family home in the shortest amount of time possible. Or, in the best of situations, creative and individualized services may prevent an out of home placement altogether.
Goals are strengthening the family and connecting them to community supports so that the family can live successfully without the assistance of the agency or the State.
Family members are empowered and involved in every aspect of their child’s life, including key decisions about how to manage behaviors that are risky or causing friction in the family. Shared decision making ensures that family members are receiving the resources and supports they need to be safe and successful. Efforts are also made to expand and nurture the natural supports – extended family, community members, friends and neighbors – available to the family.