In 2012 AOI recognized a significant need for family preservation services for parents suspected of abuse or neglect resulting in the removal of their children. In order to address this need, Adoption Option Inc. branched out into the following areas.

  • Parents And Children Together (PACT) 2012
  • Parents Actively Learning (PAL) 2013
  • Strong Families Safe Children (SFSC) 2013
  • Parents Learning And Nurturing (PLAN) 2014
  • Parents Using Life Skills Education (PULSE) 2015
  • Families Together Building Solutions  (FTBS) 2016

Program Description

The supportive parenting instruction program (also referred to as PACT) allows families to take the lead and make choices as well as create routines and structures that promote healthy relationships among the family.

The families and supportive visitation worker work together to know and understand the services provided during supervised visits. The supportive visitation worker and parents will discuss parenting skills and address specific goals and objectives to apply to each family visit.

Program Service Area – Gratiot & Saginaw

Gratiot PACT Brochure

Saginaw PACT Brochure

For More Information have your DHS worker Contact Amanda Scott:

Office Number: 989-839-0534

Click here to email: Amanda Scott

Program Description

The Foster Care Supportive Visitation/ In-Home Parent Education Program, also referred to as the PAL (Parents Actively Learning) program provides intensive, individualized parent education focusing on the parent-child interaction.

The family and the Visit Coach work together to create a Service Agreement for the 12 weekly visits. The Service Agreement includes specific goals based on the needs of the family. The Visit Coach and family meet before visitations to support planning for the visit and discuss parent education topics again after each visit to discuss strengths and areas of need.

Parent Education is provided using the Nurturing Parenting Program developed by Stephen Bavolek to be used within the prevention/treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Additional information about the Bavolek Nurturing Parenting Program can be found at Nurturing Parenting.

Program Service Area – Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Mecosta Midland, and Osceola Counties

PAL Brochure

For More Information have your DHS worker Contact Stephanie Curtis:

Office Number: 989-839-0534

Click here to email: Stephanie Curtis

Program Description

In December 2013, we began offering in-home parent education to Bay County. This program offers individualized parent education and life skills to parents involved with Children’s Protective Services and Foster Care. The worker provides transportation related to job search and connecting with community agencies. Individualized parent education using the Nurturing Parenting Program is provided to families. Weekly and monthly reports are provided to the CPS and FC worker regarding the parent’s participation in the program.

Program Service Area –  Bay County

For More Information have your DHS worker Contact Stephanie Curtis:

Office Number: 989-839-0534

Click here to email: Stephanie Curtis

Program Description

FTBS is a moderately intensive, in-home clinical counseling service provided as a means to enhance the well-being of families and improve the safety of children. The FTBS therapist works to build a positive family/therapist working relationship by using solution-focused techniques. The therapist engages the family in a cooperative relationship to define the target behaviors and create mutually agreed-upon goals. The FTBS therapist will work to assist with enhancing family functioning, enhancing appropriate parenting skills, household management skills, communication and conflict resolution skills, and enhancing the use of community resources and linkages with follow-up services when appropriate. Services through the FTBS program are provided for up to 90 days with a possible extension of 90 additional days if need is determined. Feedback to the family and referring worker is provided on a week-to-week basis and reports on goal progress are provided every 30 days.

Program Service Area – Saginaw

For More Information have your DHS worker Contact Stephanie:

Office Number: 989-839-0534

Click here to email:  Stephanie Curtis

Program Description

The Group Parent Education Program: Parents Learning and Nurturing (PLAN) provides intensive, group-based parent education which focuses on increasing nurturing parent-child interaction.

The families and group facilitators work together to enhance the parenting skills during weekly group sessions. The group facilitator and parents will discuss parenting skills, life and home management skills, and parent/child interaction skills. Each family has the opportunity to work on parenting techniques each week and discuss their progress and struggles with other parents in the group.

Program Service Area – Midland

Midland County PLAN Brochure

For More Information have your DHS worker Contact Amanda Scott:

Office Number: 989-839-0534

Click here to email: Chelsea Miller

Program Description

The Parents Using Life Skills Education also known as the PULSE program provides intensive, individualized parent education focusing on the parent-child interaction and helping facilitate a productive and healthy home environment.
The Family Skills worker works together with the family to create a Service Plan for weekly visits, along with intensive supportive intervention as it pertains to life skills. The Service Plan includes an assessment of the parents strengths and needs.

Parent Education is provided using the Nurturing Parenting Program developed by Dr. Stephen Bavolek. The program was developed to use with families who are involved in the child welfare system.

Program Service Area – Saginaw

PULSE_Brochure

For More Information have your DHS worker Contact Stephanie Curtis:

Office Number: 989-839-0534

Click here to email: Stephanie Curtis