Family Preservation

In 2012, we 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, we began offering different types of family preservation services. Below is a list of the types of family preservation services we currently offer .

PACT Services For Families and Children

The Support Visitation-Parenting Time Services program allows families to take the lead and make choices as well as create routines and structures that promote healthy relationships among the family. This program provides supervised visitation between birth parents and their children who are placed out of the home. The supervised visitation worker coordinates visitations and provides transportation for the parents and children to guarantee the visit times are convenient for all parties involved. During supervised visitations the PACT worker ensures the safety of the children while documenting the parent-child interactions. The visitation worker provides written documentation from each visit to the assigned Foster Care Worker.

Availability

  • Isabella, Gladwin, Midland, Arenac, Saginaw, Gratiot and Shiawassee Counties
  • This program requires a referral from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Open to Families in Isabella, Gladwin, Midland, Arenac, Saginaw, Gratiot or Shiawassee County who are experiencing Children Protective Services involvement or have children placed in Foster Care

How to Access Services

  • Contact your Isabella, Gladwin, Midland, Arenac, Saginaw, Gratiot or Shiawassee County DHHS worker to inquire about a referral.
  • To find out more information on the program, please e-mail any questions to Stephanie Curtis.

PLAN Services For Families and Children

Availability

  • Midland County
  • This program requires a referral from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Open to Families in Midland County who are experiencing Children Protective Services involvement or have children placed in Foster Care.

How to Access Services

  • Contact your Midland County DHHS worker to inquire about a referral.
  • To find out more information on the program, please e-mail any questions to Stephanie Curtis.

PAL Services For Families and Children

PAL services are provided under two separate Foster Care Supportive Visitation contracts.  PAL provides parent education using the Nurturing Parenting Program that was written by Dr. Ste­phen Bavolek.  Individualized parent education and visitation coaching is provided to each parent based upon their specific family’s dynamics. It is the responsibility of the PAL worker to coordinate, transport and provide one on one parent education and visit coaching. The PAL program works with the family for 12 weeks, documenting the parent’s strengths and areas for improvement.

Availability

  • Isabella, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Arenac, Bay, Saginaw, and Genesee Counties
  • This program requires a referral from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Open to Families in Isabella, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Arenac, Bay, Saginaw, or Genesee Counties County who have children placed in Foster Care.

How to Access Services

  • Contact your Isabella, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Arenac, Bay, Saginaw, or Genesee Counties County DHHS worker to inquire about a referral.
  • To find out more information on the program, please e-mail any questions to Stephanie Curtis.

PULSE Services For Families and Children

The Parents Using Life Skills Education, also known as PULSE provides intensive, individualized parent education focusing on the parent/child interaction.  The program also helps facilitate a productive and healthy home environment.

The worker partners with the family to create a Service Plan that outlines weekly visits, along with intensive supportive intervention as it pertains to life skills.  The Service Plan also includes an assessment of the parents’ strengths and needs. The Nurturing Parenting Program is used to provide parent education to families. This program was designed by Dr. Stephen Bavolek and developed to use with families involved in the child welfare system.

Availability

  • Saginaw and Gladwin Counties
  • This program requires a referral from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Open to Families in Saginaw or Bay County who are experiencing Children Protective Services involvement or have children placed in Foster Care

How to Access Services

  • Contact your Gladwin or Saginaw County DHHS worker to inquire about a referral.
  • To find out more information on the program, please e-mail any questions to Stephanie Curtis.

FTBS Services For Families and Children

Families Together Building Solutions is a moderately intensive, in-home ser­vice provided as a means to enhance the well-being of families and improve the safety of children. The FTBS in home worker builds a positive family/worker relationship by using solution-focused tech­niques. The worker engages the family in a cooperative relationship to define the target behaviors and create mutually agreed-upon goals. The FTBS worker will 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

Availability

  • Saginaw County
  • This program requires a referral from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Open to Families in Saginaw County who are experiencing Children Protective Services involvement or have children placed in Foster Care

How to Access Services

  • Contact your Saginaw County DHHS worker to inquire about a referral.
  • To find out more information on the program, please e-mail any questions to Stephanie Curtis.

CPLAN Services For Families and Children

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.

Availability Midland County

  • This program does not require any DHHS or CPS referral, it is open to any Midland County Resident, thanks to a grant provided by the Midland Area Community Foundation.

How to Access Services

  •       For Questions or to register, please call Adoption Option Inc. 989-839-0534 and ask for Stephanie Curtis.
  •       Unable to call? Please e-mail Stephanie Curtis.

In-Home Services For Families and Children

In December 2013, we began offering an in-home parent education program to families in Bay County who are involved with Children’s Protective Services or Foster Care.   This program offers individualized parent education and life skills using the Nurturing Parenting Program. The worker also assists families with transportation related to job searching and connecting with community resources.  CPS and Foster Care workers are provided with weekly and monthly reports regarding the parents’ participation in the program.

Availability Bay County

  • This program requires a referral from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Open to Families in Bay County who are experiencing Children Protective Services involvement or have children placed in Foster Care.

How to Access Services

  •    Contact your Bay County DHHS worker to inquire about a referral.
  •    To find out more information on the program, please e-mail any questions to Stephanie Curtis.

PLAN Services For Families and Children

In December 2013, we began offering an in-home parent education program to families in Bay County who are involved with Children’s Protective Services or Foster Care.   This program offers individualized parent education and life skills using the Nurturing Parenting Program. The worker also assists families with transportation related to job searching and connecting with community resources.  CPS and Foster Care workers are provided with weekly and monthly reports regarding the parents’ participation in the program.

Availability Bay County

  • This program requires a referral from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Open to Families in Bay County who are experiencing Children Protective Services involvement or have children placed in Foster Care.

How to Access Services

  • Contact your Bay County DHHS worker to inquire about a referral.
  • To find out more information on the program, please e-mail any questions to Stephanie Curtis.

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