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How Growing Homes Southeast and Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) are delivering appropriate response services in South Carolina.

How Growing Homes Southeast and Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) are delivering appropriate response services in South Carolina.



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  • -Implementation of Region II began on March 1, 2012. Roll out for Regions III and IV began May 7, 2012. -Our Coalition is made up of local non-profit Family Service Organizations across the State. -Our Services are based on the Belief that Individuals, Families, and Communities have Strengths and the family is the agent of change.
  • Our contractual responsibility was to form a coalition of service providers to deliver services. As such we have subcontracted with various Providers across the state to provide services. Essentially, we carved out various geographic areas in which subcontractors will provide services in 36 counties.Also you should know that GHSE recruits and hires employees to provide services as well.Our Seven Partners include:We believe the family is the agent of Change
  • Commonalities
  • Talk about each individually.
  • Intake at the time of referralproviders after the initial visit with the family, every ninety days thereafter. As significant changes occur within families.
  • 2. completed within thirty days used to assist in treatment plan development. Comprehensive Family Assessments assesses the family’s strengths, safety issues to determine what resources are needed to assist the family. 3. completed within the first thirty days and re-evaluated every ninety days.
  • National Framework used by many states to align services for children and familiesDesigned to Strengthen families in the child welfare system by building protective factors within family systems. Research shows that these protective factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and the family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.
  • Families need skills and resources for coping with stress. Parents who are emotionally resilient have a positive attitude, creatively solve problems, effectively address challenges and are les likely to direct anger and frustration at their children. FSS and VCM case managers assist parent creating
  • Studies show information is most effective when it comes at the precise time parents need it to understand their own children. FSS and VCM case managers assist families in this area by connecting families to parent education classes, family members and other social connections
  • All above provide emotional support, help solve problems, offer parenting advice and give concrete assistance to parents. FSS and VCM case managers help families to identify their social connections. Trusted and caring family and friends provide emotional support to parents by offering encouragement and assistance in facing the daily challenges of raising a family.
  • All families need support… Meeting the basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, health- care those day to day things that are essential for families to thriveFamilies need emotional support like when there is overwhelming need for support in situations like…DV present, MH illnesses, SA, Job loss, home foreclosure, homelessnessThese supports need to be practical, accessible and adequate to provide the kind of stability families need to get through these crisis. What we do is help families understand their rights in accessing services, learn about the available relevant services and learn to navigate through service systems.
  • -These things do not evolve naturally… which is why we work to help the parents understand and create these opportunities for constant lasting learning.-Parents creating an atmosphere of learning and teaching their children to use their words. -Children learning to effectively communicate feelings in a positive manner reinforces self esteem, confidence, self control, increase patience, and empathy. - these things build and foster good relationships in the home, school, and even into the future work place for these children.
  • What studies have shown in working with children and families is that “relationships matters”. Families need relationships that meet each members needs for nurturance and individual growth.
  • Access to professional for consultation and assistance in meeting your family needs, advocate etc…
  • Lack of transportation: limits clients ability to get to appointments and/or to services particularly in rural areasLimited number of psychologist that accepts MedicaidPopulation-specific services (e.g. for Spanish-speaking clients, counseling services, bi-lingual service providers children with disabilities)Mental health providers because there is a waitlist and/or a long time before getting an appointment at the local mental health agencies.  Also there is no consistency within local MH agencies if a family moves to a different county. State MH centers don’t cross county lines. Adequacy and quick response of mental health providers.Victim assistance services Childcare services : Need more after school programs and/or childcare centers that will provide care for older children 
  • Lack of space in local shelters, especially for families who would like to remain together-Shortage of resources for assisting with crisis needs (i.e. rent, deposits, bills, etc…) GHSE has aided in this area by acquiring grant funding through the United Way of the Midlands and other funding sources.  -Adequacy and quick response of mental health providers-Behavior issues vs. Neglect issues for the older teens

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  • Katrina Morgan, MSWFSS/VCM Program DirectorGrowing Homes SoutheastAndKeonte Jenkins-Davis, LMSWFamily and Treatment Services DirectorSAFY
  • EMPOWERINGFAMILIESImplementation of South Carolina’s firstFamily Strengthening and Voluntary CaseManagement Services (FSS/VCM) began inJanuary 2012.SAFY of Greenville serves as the MasterContractor for FSS/VCM services for 10counties in the Upstate.
  • NETWORK PARTNERSBehavioral Health Services ofPickens CountyPickensHope Center for Childrenformally Ellen Hines SmithGirls HomeSpartanburg, CherokeeNew Foundations Home forChildrenAnderson, OconeeSAFY GreenvilleSocial Change Initiative Abbeville, Greenwood,Laurens, Newberry
  • SOUTH CAROLINACOALITION FORSTRENGTHENING FAMILIES• The Coalition for Strengthening Familiesstrives to eliminate or significantly reduceidentified risk factors for child abuse andneglect.• To enhance protective capacities within thefamily system that result in positivepermanency.
  • SC COALITIONPARTNERSPartner Service AreaBillie Hardee Home for Boys FSS Only: Chesterfield,Darlington, Dillon, Florence,MarlboroCarolina Youth Development Berkeley, CharlestonChildren’s Place Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell,Saluda, Edgefield, McCormickJohn K. Crosswell Home Clarendon, Lee, SumterWindwood Farm Home ForChildrenCharleston, Dorchester
  • SC COALITIONPARTNERSPartner Service AreaSouth Carolina Mentor Lexington, Union, Chester,Lancaster, YorkGeorgetown, Horry, Marion,WilliamsburgGrowing Home Southeast-MidlandsFairfield, Kershaw, Richland,Chester, Lancaster, YorkAllendale, Beaufort, Hampton,Jasper, Orangeburg, Calhoun,ColletonVCM Only: Chesterfield,Darlington, Dillon, Florence,Marlboro
  • PROGRAMCOMMONALITIESThe AR Program is designed to ensureconsistency of child welfare service deliverythroughout the state. SCDSS and bothprograms Empowering families and SCCoalition utilizes the same service provisiondocuments.
  • PROGRAMCOMMONALITIES• Face to Face Contact• Safety/ Risk Assessment• Comprehensive Assessment• Case Plan- Review• Documentation• Linkage to Community Services• Supervision• Case Closure
  • PROGRAMCOMMONALITIES1.) Safety and Risk Assessmenta) DSSb) Providers
  • PROGRAMCOMMONALITIES2.) Comprehensive Family Assessment3.) Case plans
  • PROTECTIVEFACTORS• Parental Resilience• Knowledge of Parenting and ChildDevelopment• Social Connections• Concrete Supports• Social and Emotional Competence ofChildren• Nurturing and attachment
  • PARENTAL RESILIENCEResilience is the ability to manage andbounce back from all types of challengesthat emerge in every family’s life.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF PARENTING ANDCHILD/YOUTH DEVELOPMENTAccurate information about childdevelopment and appropriate expectationsfor children’s behavior at every age helpparents see their children and youth in apositive light and promote their healthydevelopment.
  • SOCIAL CONNECTIONS• Friends• Family members• Neighbors• Community members
  • CONCRETE SUPPORT• All Families Need Support–Social–Emotional–Practical
  • SOCIAL AND EMOTIONALCOMPETENCE OF CHILDREN• Communication–Positive interaction–Building relationships
  • NURTURING AND ATTACHMENT•Relationships Matter
  • BENEFITS• Increased chance of children remaining inthe home• Development of a individualized case plan• Assistance with concrete services• Parent education and training• Assistance with identifying and building asupport system
  • GAPS IN SERVICES• Transportation• Population-specific services• Mental health providers• Victim Assistance Services• Childcare services
  • GAPS IN SERVICES• Lack of space in local shelters• Resources for assisting families with crisisneeds• Behavior issues vs. neglect issues for theolder teens