Program Contact: Karen MaGee
This program addresses a child’s behavioral issues and develops a behavioral plan for the parent, which will alleviate stresses associated with the Impact of Incarceration on Children, Families and Communities. The Child and Family Behavioral Support Program reduces the impact of incarceration and the danger of child maltreatment, by developing or maintaining a relationship with the incarcerated parent which, combined with the Project SEEK model will wrap the family in case management and referral to the necessary resources. Based on this research, the Human Services Council believes this program shows a strong alignment to the Indicator and Strategic Goal and will ultimately impact the Result Area of Child Maltreatment.
The incorporation of the Project SEEK Model to the Child and Family Support Program has four major components: 1) Home visits 2) Advocacy and Referral 3) Support Groups (children, adolescents and caregiver) and 4) Communication with the inmate. Intermediate objectives are: 1) to promote social competency, cognitive development, emotional well-being, and family stability of children, 2) to improve the child’s care giving environment by a) promoting the psychological and physical well-being of care givers, b) increasing their ability to meet basic needs, c) improving parenting practices, d) maintaining the parent-child relationship, when appropriate while the inmate is incarcerated, and e) assisting with family issues of reintegration to the time of inmate’s release. The Program serves youth and families in community home based family behavioral support, using the intensive behavioral support model, for youth with an incarcerated parent. A Behavioral Interventionist works in the home and at school with the child/youth/parent/teacher to design a behavioral plan to address any negative patterns of behavior. The Program provides re-entry services to Incarcerated caregivers/parents in the detention center prior to release. These services include assistance with visitation both in and out of detention and linkage to various community resources. Case Managers work with the detention center to identify individuals who will soon be released. Help is provided to caregivers/parents to navigate the multiple systems of court, education, etc. The Case Manager and Behavioral Interventionists work as a team with the Incarcerated Caregiver/Parent/child, family as a whole. While services are provided in the detention center with the parent, they are also provided with the child and caregiver/parent in the community. The targeted number of families to be served in the program in the first year is 35.