Families Work is a home-and community-based family preservation program that provides services to all family members. Staff helps prevent children from being removed from their homes, works with parents who have children who are currently in placement, helps reunite children with their families, and provides therapy and support to recently reunited families.
There is no cost to families for Families Work services.
What are the services available?
Specific services offered by the Families Work master’s level clinicians include but are not limited to the following:
- Therapy and support from two Master’s-level clinicians
- Comprehensive assessment of the family’s history, current functioning, reason for referral, key risk factors, safety issues, strengths and needs
- Individualized treatment plans
- Assistance with issues regarding housing, budgeting, household management, and transportation
- Couples, individual and/or family therapy
- Trauma informed care (particularly through the Attachment, Self-Regulation, & Competency/ ARC Model)
- Parenting skills training including child development
- Anger and stress management training
- Domestic violence education and safety planning
- Fully supervised, clinician coached, partially supervised , and unsupervised visits conducted as needed to enhance successful reunification
- Court documentation and testimony relative to the child’s safety and permanency
- 24-hour on call phone support from professional staff
- Reduced risk of placement of children outside the home
- Introduction of a permanent living situation for the child, whether reunification with birth family, adoption, or independent living
- Safer home environments
- Parents empowered to take charge of their household and family
- Increased child safety and stronger family units
- Increased chance of success through coordination of services with other service providers
Who can access services?
Families Work receives referrals from the Schenectady Department of Social Services (including PINS unit) for families where children are identified as being at risk of placement or who have already been placed outside of the home with a permanency planning goal of reunification with parent.
How are services accessed?
When are services available?
Day and evening sessions are available Monday through Friday, as well as twenty four hour on-call phone crisis support.
We pride ourselves on the unmatched quality of our services, and are pleased to report that in 2012:
- 85% of our clients were satisfied with services they received at Northeast
- 95% of parents/guardians were satisfied with services their family received at Northeast
- 94% of our foster parents were satisfied with Northeast services in managing children in their home