In-Home Services

Providing a Safe Start to Life for Children

 

Southwest Human Development’s In-Home Services programs help children have a new, safe start to life through the provision of supportive services to parents and other committed caregivers.

 

The overall goals of the In-Home Services programs are to ensure each child is safe, reduce family risk factors and increase family protective factors in order to prevent further experiences of neglect and abuse.

 

Services are available in Maricopa County and, through a partnership with Easterseals Blake Foundation, in Yuma and LaPaz Counties. The In-Home Services program is a DES-contracted program which consists of multiple service levels including:

 

Family Preservation

A 60- to 120-day program offering intensive, short-term in-home support and counseling to families referred by the Department of Child Safety (DCS) to resolve concerns related to child abuse or neglect and to safely maintain the children in their homes.

 

Program Goal:

 

    • To preserve families by addressing risk and safety factors that, without intervention, may lead to a child/ren’s removal from their home

 

Family Reunification and Stabilization

A 60- to 120-day program offering short-term, in-home family support and counseling to families referred by the Department of Child Safety (DCS). The purpose of this program is to promote a smooth transition from an out-of-home placement into the family’s home, address any issues that may arise with a new placement, and/or stabilize a situation where a child may be at risk for disruption of their placement.

 

Program Goals:

 

    • To safely expedite the return of children who are in out-of-home placement or in voluntary foster care back to their family home

 

    • To smoothly transition a child from a more restrictive placement back to the community (e.g., From a residential treatment center to a foster home, or from a foster home to a family home)

 

    • To aid in the stabilization or the safe maintenance of a child in a relative/kinship or adoptive home

 

    • To aid in stabilization or safe maintenance of child in a family home after an out-of-home placement

 

S.E.N.S.E. Program

Developed in collaboration with the Department of Child Safety (DCS) and TERROS, Southwest Human Development’s Substance Exposed Newborns Safe Environment (S.E.N.S.E.) Program includes a coordinated system of care for substance-exposed newborns and their families. This comprehensive program allows all agencies to share information, develop one comprehensive service plan, coordinate treatment schedules and regularly share the family’s ongoing progress. The greatest program emphasis is on the vulnerable infant, but the program also helps to preserve the family and treat the mother’s drug or alcohol addiction.

 

Program Goal:

 

    • To preserve families by addressing risk and safety factors that, without intervention, may lead to a child/ren’s removal from their home

 

In-Home Services provides:

Each family is assigned a team of a Family Counselor and Family Support Specialist; together they provide:

 

    • Individualized goal setting and treatment planning

 

    • Transition planning

 

    • Counseling for child and family

 

    • Crisis intervention

 

    • Parenting skills training, reinforcement of parenting education

 

    • Communication and negotiation skills

 

    • Behavior management skills

 

    • Home management skills

 

    • Vocational guidance and employment assistance

 

    • Child development screening and education

 

    • Stress management/problem solving skills

 

    • Budgeting and financial management skills

 

    • Community resources including linkage to long-term mental health services

 

For more information, please contact Andrea White, M.Ed., MC, LAC, at (602) 633-8180 or awhite@swhd.org

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