Comprehensive Child and Family Assessments
CCFA’s are a process by which a child and the child’s whole family is assessed, to determine the strengths and needs of the child and family. Recommendations are then made for services to fill in the gaps, with a goal of minimizing the child’s time in the system, and maximizing the child’s (and family’s) potential for a satisfying and productive life.
Respite care is a care arrangement that can mean a change in the care setting or the people who provide care services for weeks, weekends or at night times. This program gives a break, both to the child receiving care and person(s) providing care, in a home care or community care setting. Respite arrangements vary according to personal needs and local policy.
Wrap Around Services
Wrap-around services are provided to
• families in which the child is at-risk for out-of-home placement;
• families in which the child is returning to the home and community following out-of-home placement;
• families for whom stressors are negatively impacting child and family functioning; and
• young adults working towards independent living.
Wrap-Around Services include the following: individual counseling; family counseling; case management; crisis intervention; behavior management/parenting education; and communication skills counseling.
Intense Family Visitation
The Intensive Family Visitation Program, a model project with Bibb County DFCS, focuses on helping parents whose child(ren) has been removed by DFCS to have immediate (within 24 hours), frequent (2-3 time/week) and positive visitation and interaction with their child(ren), in a safe, comfortable, and supervised environment. Children benefit from the visits, as they are reassured that their parents do want to see them, are permitted to experience and work through the feelings stirred by separation from their parents, and are helped to maintain family ties. Family members are provided with opportunity to learn and practice new behaviors and new styles of communication under the direction of a “Family Coach” or clinician.