In Home Mental Health Services

–  Caregiver Support Team (CST)

Caregiver Support Team (CST) is an intensive, home-based program, supporting relative caregivers of children who have been placed in a DCF kinship or special study home.

This DCF funded program aims to prevent disruption of foster care placements and increase stability and  permanency by providing timely, in-home therapeutic interventions.

Referrals are made through DCF and can remain open for 6 months. Pre-adoptive homes may qualify for services with additional approval from DCF

+  Child First

Child First develops nurturing, consistent, and responsive parent-child relationships. 

Child First is a national, evidence-based, two generation model that works with very vulnerable young children and families, providing intensive, home-based services.

When young children grow up in environments where there is violence, neglect, mental illness or substance abuse, the stress can be toxic to their developing brains. But we can intervene to prevent this damage. Scientific research demonstrates that we can make a difference if we:

  • Work to connect families to needed community-based services to decrease the stress, and
  • Build strong, loving, parent-child relationships that protect and heal the brain from trauma and stress. Our goal is a young brain focused on learning rather than a brain focused on survival.

+  Foster Care and Adoption Support Group

A monthly, facilitated support group for post-license foster and adoptive families. Training, guidance, support, education, information and social events are offered. Free childcare is provided for children up to age 18 with food, play supplies, and a forum for socialization while the foster parents meet.

+  Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS)

IICAPS is an intensive, home-based treatment program designed by the Yale Child Study Center for children who have psychiatric disorders and whose families need assistance maintaining their child at home safely. Utilizing a community-based approach a clinical team, consisting of a master level clinician and a bachelor level mental health worker, works with the child, family and school system to stabilize and support child in the home. Children appropriate for IICAPS have experienced psychiatric hospitalization, at-risk for residential placement or hospitalization, or in need of a higher level of support than traditional outpatient treatment can provide. Services are provided in-home, multiple times each week over a six-month period.  

+  Multi-Disciplinary Investigation Team (MIT)

Multi-Disciplinary Investigation Team (MIT) is made up of a group of professionals from varying disciplines working together on cases involving criminal level child sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and neglect. Team members are trained specialist who meet regularly to discuss individual cases, identify system needs, work cooperatively to improve the investigation and possible prosecution of cases, and to protect the children from further trauma.

+  Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time (RTFT)

An evidence-informed program funded by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for the families of children in out-of-home placements or foster care. RTFT aids DCF in determining family readiness for reunification, coaches parents/primary caregivers on parenting skills, and works with the child, biological family and foster family as a team to support a healthy, successful transition and achieve a higher rate of reunification permanency.

+  Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoptive Services

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is a high level of foster care that is provided to children who have experienced trauma and are in need of a home. TFC serves children between the ages of 6 and 17 years old needing a foster care placement to offer stability and security because their biological families are unable to fully provide for them. Family and Children's Aid licenses homes for Foster/Adoptive Care and Short-term Respite Care. FCA places these children within a safe, supportive and nurturing family environment that offers a child the greatest chance of success.  FCA Foster Care families receive comprehensive training and 24/7 support to help manage a child successfully. We utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that values the child's unique potential emphasizing innovative programming, teamwork, and clinical excellence. A Therapeutic Foster Parent is part of the child's team of professionals who are working together to help a child succeed.