Family Support Services
Family support services are community-based services that assist and support parents in their role as caregivers. Such services can take many different forms depending on the strengths and needs of the family, but their overarching goal is to help parents enhance skills and resolve problems to promote optimal child development.
All families can benefit from support in some way; the principles of family support should be incorporated into casework across the child welfare service continuum.
Family support programs may address the general population or target particular groups such as ethnic and cultural minorities; adolescent parents; kinship caregivers; or families facing health, mental health, or substance abuse issues. They can be comprehensive or focus on a specific goal.
Therapy is one of the many family support services that are available. People decide to seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Therapy offers a way to figure out why we do what we do and, more importantly, how to do things differently. You may be having relationship issues and need a compassionate listener who can help you create a path forward. You may have recently suffered a loss, such as a spouse, parent, child or job. You may be having trouble connecting with others and want to create more meaningful relationships. Your child or adolescent may be having problems communicating with and relating to you or their teachers.
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