Funded Program(s)

Comprehensive Community Services for Children and Families

2020-2022 Core Award - $576,000.00

FamilyForward's Comprehensive Community Services operate from a holistic, trauma-informed, child development perspective understanding that every person has certain core needs for wellbeing, especially safety, social connections, and stability. Through an intensive interdisciplinary approach, the team addresses the individual, familial, and community factors that are known risk factors for abuse, neglect and other family dysfunction. This is done through a wraparound assessment, counseling, parent coaching, case management, and advocacy to increase the family unit's resilience and establish healthier relationships along with improved knowledge for parents to support their children's social and emotional development. Services are available to children and families who have come to the attention of the child welfare system or who are voluntarily seeking assistance to reduce risk factors that may be associated with child maltreatment.

Developmental Trauma Treatment Services

2020-2022 Core Award - $2,250,000.00

FamilyForward's Developmental Trauma Center provides neurobiologically and developmentally informed therapeutic services to children with exposure to significant childhood trauma, with a specialty in the unique needs of foster and adoptive families. The Developmental Trauma Center houses assessment services, home- and office-based therapy, parent education, and intensive early-intervention programming at the Therapeutic Preschool. Each of these programs are framed by the understanding that early trauma and neglect negatively impacts the development of key areas of the brain, and that personalized intervention is imperative for successful growth and recovery. Every family system is unique, and the program works intentionally to provide access to a wide range of therapeutic techniques that will set them up for success.

Respite Care for Medically Fragile Children

2020-2022 Core Award - $750,000.00

FamilyForward provides respite care for a targeted population: children with complex, chronic developmental disabilities and often with significant health concerns. Specifically, this project serves children who are medically fragile and have significant developmental and cognitive delays, ages 0-19. All children served use a wheelchair for mobility; most are unable to speak or communicate clearly, and many require constant nursing care to maintain their health. Respite care can be utilized on a planned basis or in response to a crisis and varies in length based on individual need. With on-site nursing care at all times, FamilyForward meets the medical needs of children who cannot be served in other respite care programs with the intention of providing temporary relief from the ongoing responsibility of care to reduce the level of familial stress and ensure the child is able to remain safely in their family home.