Family Support Services

Programs within this division are designed to empower families, children and youth through individualized, culturally-sensitive treatment and family-based services, helping them to become stronger, stay together and move from system dependence to community dependence.

Goals:

  • Maintain children and youth in a stable family setting
  • Help parents/caregivers develop the skills needed to effectively parent
  • Assist families in developing their own community-based support systems
  • Provide therapeutic, family-based care to children and youth
  • Support youth and families in the Foster-Adoption process

WRAPAROUND

Wraparound began in San Luis Obispo County on July 1, 2000 and is designed to keep families together whenever possible. Wraparound is family-centered, strength-based, needs-driven and solutions-focused program, which integrates a family’s unique culture into their individualized treatment plan. The intent of the program is to provide an alternative to institutional care for children/youth by providing necessary support and mental health services to an identified youth in a parent/caregiver’s home, a foster home, a transitional host family or in a transitional living apartment setting with a Residential Advisor. Since the program’s inception, 1,697 children/youth and their families have been served and 93% of the program days provided to our clients were successful based on:

  • Family Stability
  • Diversion from a more restrictive placement

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

153
Youth / Families Served
21,225
Total Program Days
82%
Successful Program Days

Cooper & Traci's Story

Cooper was afraid. A life of drug addiction had finally resulted in his daughter, Traci, being removed from his care and placed into a foster home for her safety. He needed drug rehabilitation treatment or he'd risk losing his daughter forever. Cooper decided to commit himself fully to getting and staying clean, recognizing that he’d only get to be part of Traci’s life if he were sober and safe.

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2018/2019 OUTCOMES

21
Foster Children / Youth Served
3,026
Total Client Placement Days
100%
Successful Placement Days

THERAPEUTIC FOSTER CARE

Since our inception in 1987, we have served 2,844 foster children/youth in Basic Therapeutic Foster Care with 94% of placement days purchased having had successful outcomes, based on the following:

  • Stable foster placement
  • Reunification with family
  • Successful transition to independent living
  • Permanent family placement
  • Successful transitional placement

EMERGENCY SHELTER CARE

We have provided San Luis Obispo County with Emergency Shelter Care—immediate foster care available 24 hours per day, seven days per week for abused, neglected or disrupted youth—since August, 2000. Since inception, 3,471 foster children/youth have been served and 89% of placement days purchased have had successful outcomes based on:

  • Stable foster placement
  • Reunification with family
  • Successful transition to independent living
  • Permanent family placement
  • Successful transitional placement

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

121
Foster Children / Youth Served
2,707
Total Client Placement Days
85%
Successful Placement Days

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

9
Children / Youth Served
88
Successful Placement Days

Adoptions

We became a State Licensed Adoption agency in 2014. Since this time, the agency has developed a strong adoption program focused on placing children with highly-trained families in order to add an additional layer to our efforts to move foster children and youth towards permanent family-based homes within their own community.

Etta's Story

In Etta's experience, adults were very confusing. At only 8, Etta had been placed into Emergency Shelter Care twice already--the first time after her mother was arrested for domestic violence, and the second time after a failed attempt at family reunification. As far as Etta was concerned, adults often said one thing, but did another. But Etta hadn’t met Sandi and Jay yet.

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Intensive Service Foster Care

Intensive Service Foster Care (ISFC), formerly titled “Intensive Therapeutic Foster Care”, provides intensive clinical services with specialty trained foster families for emotionally and/or behaviorally challenged youth. ISFC served its first youth in 1999 and has since provided services to 340 youth, with 86% successful placed based on the following outcomes:

  • Stabilized family placement
  • Diversion from a higher level of institutional care

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

15
Foster Children / Youth Served
2,131
Total Client Placement Days
93%
Successful Placement Days

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

9
Foster Children / Youth Served
956
Total Client Placement Days
92%
Successful Placement Days

Wraparound Foster Care

Wraparound Foster Care (WFC) is a highly successful program which incorporates evidence-based elements, including a highly structured behavioral management system to support emotionally and/or behaviorally challenged children/youth as they work to reunify with family, a more permanent placement or transition to adult independence. Since these services started, WFC has served 460 children/youth with an 88% success rate based on:

  • Stabilized family placement
  • Diversion from a higher level of institutional care
  • Reunification or successful transition to independent living

Tessa's Story

Tessa’s whole life had felt like one loss after another. She'd lost her mom to drug addiction, which resulted in her being placed into foster care and losing her home, friends and school. All of this loss, triggered feelings of fear and anger in her, which manifested in unsafe choices. At 16, she had already been involved with the Juvenile Justice system numerous times for underage drinking and theft. When she was arrested for breaking and entering, Tessa was placed into Juvenile Hall for 9 months. There, Tessa felt nothing but pain and fear, and withdrew from everyone. When the nine months was over, Tessa moved into a WFC foster home so that the higher level of care would work to keep her safe, sober, and help her stabilize.

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