Educating staff, Expanded Families, the church and other community supporters on the effects of trauma, allows for a more compassionate and effective response to negative behaviors. Coupled with focusing on a child’s strengths, the treatment team is able to help the child achieve their full potential. Our staff and Expanded Families remain dedicated to the child in the face of these challenging behaviors, providing them with a stable environment. This allows the child to experience the love and support of a family in a faith-based environment. Providing the child with alternative healthy coping skills results in a decrease in negative behaviors. Children become more socially competent and have a noted increase in positive behaviors. As the children learn and grow, they prepare for discharge to less restrictive environments. Older youth in care are prepared for a transition to independence throughout their teen years, in an age-appropriate manner.
The primary goal for the children and youth we serve is both healing and permanency – providing a safe, stable home in which to live and grow including a life-long relationship with a nurturing caregiver. Working together with the biological family and planning for permanency begins in the earliest stages of working with the Expanded Families Program. Because every child has a unique set of circumstances and needs, the therapeutic treatment and permanency plan will be different for every child and will always be in their best interest. Reunification, the process of reuniting the child with the birth family, is the initial objective of the Expanded Family Care Program. When, for reasons of safety or other considerations, children cannot return to their birth homes, adoption and permanent legal guardianship offer opportunities for long-term stability, with relatives, adoptive families or Expanded Families from the community.