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Family Support & Empowerment

Family Support services promote healthy development in children by helping parents to increase parenting skills, build on their strengths and resolve problems that can lead to child maltreatment and family disruption. Learn more about our programs below. 

Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment

Children who have been abused or witnessed violence can experience a range of behavioral and emotional changes. They may internalize their feelings and withdraw, they may show signs of anxiety and fear, or they may act out their pain and fear by fighting, destroying property, and being disobedient or violent towards others.

In the Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment program (CAPIT), licensed and volunteer master’s degree-level counselors partner with families to help children overcome the effects of abuse, dissolve fear and trauma, and gain control of their behavior.  Counselors provide parents with steps for helping their children manage their emotions and build constructive behavior and healthy relationships free of violence.

Counselors take a positive approach in identifying and building on individual and family strengths while teaching skills for coping with stress and strategies for working through conflicts and problems.

Services include:

  • Case management
  • Child counseling
  • Adolescent counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Linkages to resources in the community

To learn more, please contact our 24-Hour Support and Referral Line:


Family Preservation

In collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Family Preservation program provides comprehensive support services to families experiencing difficulties related to child maltreatment.

Services include:

  • In home outreach counseling
  • Individual, family and group counseling
  • Teaching and demonstrating home management skills
  • Case management
  • Parent education

Services identify and build on the strengths of individuals and families to ensure the physical, emotional, social and educational development of children in a safe and nurturing family environment.

Program goals are to:

  1. Ensure Safety – Keep children free of further abuse and neglect.
  2. Achieve Permanency – Children achieve residential permanency through stabilizing families, family reunification, adoption and guardianship.
  3. Promote Well-Being – Children will improve their functioning in the areas of physical, emotional, social and educational development.
  4. Strengthen Parents – Parents will build on their competencies and strengthen their capacities to effectively parent and nurture their children.

Family Preservation Services are only offered to families directly referred by the Department of Children and Family Services.

To learn more please contact our 24-Hour Support and Referral Line: