Each shelter home is staffed with a full-time, live-in married couple and has a capacity of four children. The foster home model is designed to provide stability and teach responsible living. Both the shelter home parents and the children are given supportive help through a staff of qualified staff of therapists. All referrals to Shelter Care come through children serving agencies. Cases are screened carefully by both the referring agency and Shelter Care to insure appropriate placements.
Method of Care
The length of stay in a shelter home varies from 6 months to 2 years. During the first 30 days in residence, an individual Treatment Plan is formulated for each child by the Shelter Care staff, the referring agency caseworker, and with the child. This plan includes establishing realistic goals in the areas of personal growth, relationships within the family, school and/or work adjustment, and a plan for exiting the program.
A weekly family counseling session with the house parents and children living in the shelter home is an integral part of the program. Supportive counseling help is available to both the children and the house parents on a scheduled basis. House parents participate in a weekly parenting skills session and have 24-hour access to counseling support. A structured program of relief provides additional support to the shelter home program.
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