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Description of the Toby Center located in Boynton Beach, FL which is a non-profit organization providing supervised visitation mediation as well as counseling and psychological evaluations

Description of the Toby Center located in Boynton Beach, FL which is a non-profit organization providing supervised visitation mediation as well as counseling and psychological evaluations

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  • 1. The Toby Center for Family Transitions Since 2000, affiliated with the Children’s Rights Council, Washington, DC Mark Roseman, Ph.D. Founder, Director Child Access Trainer, CRC Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, Financial Advisor CFLE, Certified Family Life Educator
  • 2. Court Needs:
    • Staffing
    • Heavy case load, many returning cases
    • Not a neutral location for time sharing
    • Unable to provide multiple services
    • Regular training for monitors
    • Flexible weekday visitation schedule
  • 3. Children’s Needs:
    • “ I am an unyielding believer in if you have to take part in supervised parental visitation that it should be as normal, relaxed, and enjoyable as it can possibly be . It is time to stop alienating kids from their parents, and the real world.”
    • Nicole, now 18
  • 4.
    • Dr. Mark Roseman is a protégé of Attorney David Levy since 1998.
    • Rodale Press’
    • Children’s Health Magazine
    • names David Levy, ‘the father of joint custody’ and founder of the Children’s Rights Council, one of '25 most influential people in our children's lives’. (2010)
  • 5. Children’s Rights Council The BEST Parent is BOTH Parents™ est 1985
    • Levy: (first male to serve on SVN Board)
    • Advocated for Federal Child Access Block Grant (now $10m)
    • Testimony for shared custody in 18 states
    • Oldest continuing provider of supervised visitation in US – over 30 locations – all funded
    • Funding: Courts, State, Family Foundations, Bar Association, Corporate, Annie E. Casey
  • 6. The Toby Center for Family Transitions: Executive Director: Mark Roseman, Ph. D. Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator & CFLE, Certified Family Life Educator Advisory Board: Margherita Downey, Esq., Judith Kraft, LCSW, David L. Levy, Esq., Monica K. Caruso, JD, MSW, Carl House, Rabbi Barry Silver, Esq., Barbara Berger, MFT Director of Marketing Paloma Duran, B.A., Lynn University Director of Operations : Stephanie Gowdy, Lynn University Director of Mental Health Services Amy Bernard, Ph.D. Parent Education Trainer and Development Consultant Fay Callam, LCSW Former Director of Mental Health Services, CJSC, WPB Volunteers/ Student Interns: (2011) Florida Atlantic University Lynn University Palm Beach State College
  • 7. History Behind The Toby Center:
    • Founded in 2008, The Toby Center is an affiliate of the Children Rights Council (CRC) in Washington, DC.
    • The Toby Center has become a registered trademark of the CRC of Connecticut, Inc. both registered in Florida
    • The center honors its namesake Toby Roseman., who learned to value family while growing up during the Depression and WWII.
    • Toby's philosophy embraces her love for family and the fundamental principle coined by The National Children’ s Rights Council in 1985 that:
      • “ The Best Parent is Both Parents ” ™
  • 8. Toby Center Background:
    • 1998 – Founded as divorced parent advocacy organization in Connecticut; 2000 – Incorporated as CRC of CT at Yale University Law Clinic as a not for profit organization;
    • 2004 – Became a preferred visitation provider with Connecticut Superior Family Court
    • 2008 – Registered in Florida for Family Mediation
    • 2010 – HQ established, Boynton Beach
    • 2010 – Member of SVN
    • 2010, 2011 – Serving clients from Palm Beach and Broward; Jacksonville DCF
  • 9. Mission and Philosophy:
    • MISSION The Toby Center incorporates a ‘one stop shop’ or holistic approach to improve child outcomes by helping parents transition through divorce, child custody, shared parenting.
    • The Center provides:
    • 1.) Acknowledgement of parents’ desires to remain in their children’s lives
    • 2.) Recognition of the challenges accompanying separation and divorce
    • 3) Support for all immediate and extended family to
    • maximize emotional and physical health.
  • 10. Philosophy:
    • To adapt the national Children’s Rights Council’s success with mediation, child access and co-parenting education;
    • To follow the Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation Standards;
    • To allow everyone access to these services on sliding scale .
    • “ Improved Parent Child and Parent-Parent relationships will maximize child outcomes.”
    • Prof. Richard Rohner, UConn
  • 11. Belief Behind Toby Center : The Toby Center believes in both parent and child centered services. As Dr. Karl Menninger stated in the 1930’ s, “ What a child sees at home, they do to society. ” For those who agree that parents ’ behavior is what teaches values to children, then it is easy to understand that a happy child will have a happy parent. A happy child requires a happy, contented parent. Our approach is holistic in method and we try to create a safe and comforting environment for all who use our services.
  • 12. Family Centered Practice Model at the Toby Center: (Based on Urie Bronfenbrenner, Uof Rochester)
  • 13. The Toby Center Family Centered Practice Model:
    • Helping Families Heal through:
    • Family Court Mediation – Roseman, et al
    • Therapy/Evaluations – Bernard
    • Parent Training – Callam
    • Support groups and Parent Drop In Center
    • If it ‘takes a village’, then improved outcomes for children – must be based on an integrated approach to “preserving family ties.”
  • 14. 50 years of Combined Experience:
    • Dr. Amy Bernard – over 20 years in the Staten Island Family Courts, forensic and custody evaluations, DV interventions
    • Dr. Mark Roseman – over 10 years in child access services, family research and training
    • Fay Callam, LCSW – over 20 years in mental health services, case management & parent education
  • 15. The Toby Center:
    • The Center is best suited to takeover the Family Connections program because of a collective 50 years experience with this population - high conflict, interventions, and education.
    • Currently serving families, holistically
    • Center staff have personally experienced the trauma of absent parents or parental interference to child access.
  • 16. The Toby Center is Best Prepared to Work with the Court Families:
    • Experience with low income and high conflict parents;
    • Seamless transitions of services…
    • - through Center professionals
    • - referrals to community resources
    • Case Management.
  • 17. Emotional Solutions Affordable To All:
  • 18.  
  • 19. Why Our Holistic Philosophy? We know the neighborhood…
  • 20. Toby Center for Family Tranisitions:
    • Monitored Parenting (Supervised Visitation) at Family Friendly Locations!!
    • We treat all parents as the parents their children need because
      • “ The Best Parent is BOTH Parents ” ™
        • Convenient Locations in Broward and Palm Beach County
        • These Access Sites are seen as temporary transitions to more natural access
        •   Ft. Lauderdale Delray Boca Raton Boca Raton
    • Children’s Museum Children’s Museum of Boca St. Gregory’s Episcopal
    • of Old School Square Cultural Center Raton Church
    Museum of Discovery and Science
  • 21. Toby Center Child Access Benefits:
    • Our supervised visitation services are based on the national Children’ s Rights Council ’ s model which, since 1996 has shown that family friendly child access reduces the conflict level between parents.
    • Compliance with child support obligations is linked to quality of child access.
    • Our family friendly supervised visitation reduces the emotional conflict between parents and children.
    • Expedites the transition to a more natural relationship between parents and children.
  • 22. Upon Assuming Family Connections:
    • The Toby Center will:
    • Invite all current monitors to remain in their capacity;
    • Have immediate and quarterly trainings (procedures, family violence, suggestions);
    • Confirm relationships with area universities for supervised locations;
    • Confirm identified parks and rec center for tier 1 clients (non threat)
  • 23. Statistical Data:
    • Single parent house holds U.S. Census:
    • A large majority of White non- Hispanic (78 percent) and Asian (87 percent) children lived with two parents, higher than the proportion for Hispanic children (68 percent) and more than twice as high as the pro- portion for Black children (38 per- cent). A higher proportion of Black children than White non-Hispanic or Hispanic children lived with one parent in 2004 (54 percent com- pared with 20 percent and 28 per- cent, respectively).
      • About 1.1 million children were living with a parent who had experienced a divorce in the last year.
      • Twenty-six percent of all children (19.3 million) lived with one parent.
    • Twenty-three percent of all children lived with their unmarried mother only (17.0 million), while 3 percent (2.4 million) lived with their unmarried father without their mother present.
    • Unmarried parents..................... 2,227 , Single mother
    • Unmarried parents..................... 78.7, Single father
    • Single parent house holds in Palm Beach County, FL :
      • 63,563
      • Roughly 40% live in single parent house holds
      • Divorce Rate in Palm Beach County, FL :
      • - Highest divorce rate in the state of Florida, 62.4%. Higher than in 2008 when their were 148,003 marriages and 80,019 divorces, 54.06%.
  • 24. Statistical Data:
    • Domestic Violence rate in Palm Beach County, FL :
      • 27% reported domestic violence cases
    • Child Abuse Rate in Palm Beach County, FL:
      • April 2010- March 2011
      • Maltreatment= 12,565
      • Substantiated maltreatment victims= 2,617
      • Victimized in foster care= 32
    • Total of Children Subjected to Maltreatment in Palm Beach County, FL reports:
      • Maltreatment responses= 12,565
      • Maltreatment Investigations= 12,565
      • Victim Reports= 2,617
      • Neglect= 1,030
      • Physical Abuse= 209
      • Sexual Abuse= 83
      • Other Abuse= 1,295
      • Repeat Victims within 3 months=
      • 96/2,934
      • Repeat Victims within 6 months= 185/2,863
      • Repeat Victims within 12 months= 277/2,564
      • Removed from Foster Care= 385/2,617
      • Not Removed from Foster Care= 2,232/2,617
    • Children Removed to Foster Care:
      • Neglect= 109/604
      • Drug/Alcohol Abuse= 248/604
      • Physical Abuse= 114/604
      • Caretaker inability to cope= 48/604
      • Inadequate housing= 114/604
      • Incarceration= 40/604
      • Abandonment= 35/604
      • Sexual Abuse= 24/604
  • 25. Statistical Data:
    • Truancy Rate in Palm Beach County, FL :
      • 33% of students drop out school and commit truancy
    • ADD/ADHD Diagnosis:
      • 11.6% of children from ages 4-17 are receiving the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, according to the Center for Disease Control.
      • 9.5%, 5.4 million children ages 4-17 already have been diagnosed ADD as of 2007.
      • Each year the average of a child being diagnosed with ADD has gone up 5.5%
      • Boys are 13.2% more likely to receive the diagnosis than girls 5.6%
      • The diagnosis rate is increasing the older teens get
      • Highest rates of the diagnosis are children covered by Medicaid and are multiracial
      • Most common is Hispanic children than white or black children
      • A child with a ADD diagnosis is more prone to contact with mental health professionals, prescription medications, and have frequent health care visits
      • Learning Disabilities and ADD:
        • Ages 12-17 more likely than child 6-11 to have ADD and a learning disability
        • 5% of children just have ADD
        • 5% just have a learning disability
        • 4% have both
        • Children with ADD and learning disabilities are more likely to have chronic health conditions
  • 26. Funding- 2011-2012
    • $514 per family per month
    • Program: $246,920
    • Current Funding - 35,000
    • Parent Fees - 50,000
    • Add’l Needed Support $ 161,920
    • $40,480 per quarter
    • Gap – Bar Association, County, Corporate and Family Funders, Private
  • 27. The Toby Center for Family Transitions:
      • “ to preserve family ties when parents choose to separate”
      • Establishing a 5000 square foot center where, under one roof, all the physical, psychological and social modalities can be provided
      • The center is a uniquely holistic model addressing the individuals needs to maximize personal growth through personal change.
  • 28. Thank You for your Time:
    • I will now introduce Dr. Amy Bernard who will discuss our supervised and mental health services.
    • Thank you. We look forward to serving families in PBC. We hope you will visit our website, .