Adoption Journeys in Massachusetts is a statewide Post Adoption support program of Child & Family Services. We are funded and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families. Our staff includes licensed social workers, counselors, child welfare and human services workers, and adoptive parents. Adoption Journeys is based on an understanding not only of the joys and challenges adoptive families face but also of the strengths and resources families have to cope with these challenges. Adoption Journeys is designed to support adoptive families in exploring and understanding their strengths, resources, and needs.
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Adoption search is a research service provided to all members of an existing adoption triad (adoptive parents, biological parents and adoptees). To request information, multiple forms must to be signed and sent to our agency. Clients must also send proof of identification, such as a copy of your driver’s license or other photo I.D. Information shared is in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 2105 5D.
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International Adoption Services
Our adoption program offers services to families who are pursuing international adoption. Child & Family Services provides the names of international agencies that we have ongoing relationships with to assist you in identifying a child and we coordinate the services necessary to complete the adoption in the specific foreign country. Child & Family Services can also work with an agency that a family has already identified. Services offered to adoptive families include, licensed home study, assistance with dossier preparation and INS, post placement visits once a child is placed in your home and assistance with legalization.
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Older Children and Special Needs Adoption
This program provides services for children who have been in the custody of the Department of Social Services who have the goal of adoption. These children are often older, members of a sibling group or of a particular ethnic group. They may have special needs to include physical, emotional and/or medical difficulties. The program assesses the children’s needs and identifies the type of family best suited to meet their needs. The adoption staff members also recruit, train and provide ongoing support to pre-adoptive families. Home study and MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training is provided free of charge to families interested in providing a permanent home to waiting children.
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Mental Health Services
Child & Family’s mental health programs provide the foundation for the agency’s wide range of services to children, adults, and families. This fully licensed mental health clinic provides therapy and assessments for individuals, families, couples, and groups. We offer psychiatric evaluations, and medication monitoring by a psychiatrist.
Adult Behavioral Health Services (ABHS)
This clinic provides a full range of treatment including individuals, families, and couples therapy with various mental health issues. It also offers medication management by an expert group of psychiatrists.
Child Behavioral Health Services (CBHS)
The emotional needs and problems facing children and teens are different than those of adults. Child & Family’s clinicians are specially trained to work with children, adolescents and their families. Family therapy is emphasized and we always encourage parents to be involved in their child’s therapy. Psychiatric services are also available as an important component of our comprehensive treatment service. Our doctors and clinicians work together as a team to insure that children and their families receive the best care.
Community Support Youth & Family Services
Parent Mentor is a comprehensive educational and advocacy program for families referred by the Department of Social Services. Parent Mentors work with families to learn new and better ways of coping with the challenges of every day life. The focus of the program is to strengthen families at risk for child abuse or neglect. To bring about constructive change, Parent Mentors use a range of methods that include support, guidance, instruction and treatment. The goal is to keep children with their families in order to spare them the trauma of separation and loss.
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Parents As Teachers
Parents As Teachers (PAT) is a modeled certified program that emphasizes parent-child interaction, development centered parenting, and family well- being. The PAT program works with parents from prenatal to kindergarten age by doing family centered assessments and following a structured curriculum. Each participant is assigned a certified Parent Educator. A certified Parent Educator will do four interrelated and integrated components to the PAT model. 1. Personal Visits. 2. Group Connections. 3. Screening. 4. Resource Networking.
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Therapeutic Mentoring offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services between a therapeutic mentor and a youth for the purpose of addressing daily living, social, and communication needs.
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Young Parent Support (YPS)
This program is an open referral service that is designed to provide home based services to pregnant and parenting teens in the Greater New Bedford and Fall River area who are under the age of 26. The services are geared toward high-risk teens that are disengaged from needed services. Our team consists of experienced case managers to assist young parents with the many aspects of parenthood including health care, education, housing, and healthy relationships.
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Outreach & Community Counseling
Child & Family’s outreach programs provide support and assistance to children and families. Clinicians provide home-based counseling for clients who are unable to leave their home. Therapists work with clients in school, residential, and employment settings.
In-Home Therapy is a structured, consistent, strengths-based therapeutic relationship between professional staff and identified youths and families. Its purpose is to treat youths’ emotional and behavioral health needs, improve families’ ability to provide effective support and promote healthy family function. The treatment team, comprised of a licensed clinician, youth case worker, family and youth, develops treatment and safety plans based on the family’s identified needs and goals. The In-Home Therapy approach applies established psychotherapeutic techniques in intensive family therapy, supplemented by the case worker’s one-on-one contact with the youth, to implement focused interventions. It emphasizes behavioral techniques and encourages development of natural supports to strengthen the family and youth so that therapeutic goals might be met and sustained after team involvement has ended.
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Child & Family Services | Fall River
66 Troy Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Tel: (508) 676-5708
Fax: (508) 676-1948