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, 1820 children/youth and their families have been served and 92% of the program days provided to our clients were successful based on:

  • Family Stability
  • Diversion from a more restrictive placement

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

123
Youth / Families Served
86%
Successful Program Days

Sacha's Story

Sacha’s life had become a nightmare. After her mother had lost her job and they were evicted from their home, Sacha, her mom and two younger sisters had no choice but to move in with her uncle to avoid homelessness. But life in his house was horrific. Sacha’s uncle was a violent man with unpredictable moods. Sacha and her sisters were subjected to his verbal and physical abuse daily, always when their mother was away. Sacha asked her sisters to keep the abuse a secret from their mom, because she didn’t want to upset her mom. But when Sacha’s uncle broke her arm in a violent outrage, Sacha’s mom had to be told. And when she learned of her brother’s ongoing abuse towards her children, the family fled his house immediately, and Sacha’s mom reported her brother to the police. 

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2019/2020 OUTCOMES

11
Foster Children / Youth Served
100%
Successful Placement Days

THERAPEUTIC FOSTER CARE

Since our inception in 1987, we have served 2,855 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, 3,530 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

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

59
Foster Children / Youth Served
97%
Successful Placement Days

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

9
Children / Youth Served
88
Successful Placement Days

Foster-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.

Skyler's Story

At only 12 years old, Skyler’s life had become completely unfamiliar to him. While his homelife had been unpredictable for years--his father had left him with his grandparents years earlier --he now found himself in Emergency Shelter Care. Without other options, Skyler was placed into care when he was pulled from his grandparents home for allegedly attacking his cousin. Seen as a kid with a “bad attitude,” Skyler’s grandparents often unloaded him on other family members, making Skyler feel unwanted and burdensome.

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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 349 youth, with 91% successful placed based on the following outcomes:

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

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

9
Foster Children / Youth Served
100%
Successful Placement Days

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

8
Foster Children / Youth Served
81%
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 468 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

Andie's Story

Being in foster care most of her life, Andie had no memory of living with her biological family. Her parents had left when she was just a child and she had only known foster homes since then. At 16, Andie’s most recent placement was Juvenile Hall. Now on probation, Andie really wanted a fresh start, some chance at a new beginning. But Andie thought this was impossible--she had no family and no other relationships outside of her workers to support her. However, while Andie was in the Hall, her Social Worker had located her maternal grandmother, a woman who had moved out of the area long before Andie was even born. In fact, Andie’s Grandma, Rosa, had no idea that Andie even existed. After making initial contact with her, Andie’s Social Worker was excited to introduce Andie to Rosa to see if they might be able to build a relationship.

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