A divorced mother of two teenage girls, Sally and her family were referred to Family Preservation Services because of a concern for Sally's fragile emotional state and her questionable ability to appropriately parent her children. The family also had fallen into a severe financial crisis and Sally's depression was heightened by the likelihood that her daughters would be placed out of her home.
Family Preservation Services provided counseling to help Sally address her long history of depression, unresolved grief issues and abuse. In addition, FPS helped her to connect with community agencies that provide financial aid and medical care. Sally attended parenting classes and the whole family learned assertive communication skills as well as stress management techniques. The FPS worker met with the daughters individually to understand their needs and offer support.
At the conclusion of the service, Sally demonstrated improved self esteem and insight into her problems. Medication for depression was initiated and her other health problems were being addressed. She was able to secure employment and food stamps. The entire family was on its way toward obtaining more affordable housing where they can live together.
Chris and Carrie
Long time methamphetamine users, Chris and Carrie were surviving with their young sons on a small income. The boys were removed from the home when the police responded to a complaint and found the one bedroom apartment filled with eight drinking adults, prescription medicine within reach of the minors, and unsanitary conditions. The infant was underweight and malnourished.
The Family Preservation Services practitioner helped the couple clean their home and connect with community services. A Public Health Nurse (PHN) came to their home and helped establish improved parenting skills, including proper nourishment and medical visits. Carrie and Chris responded positively to these services as well as the in-home counseling they received.
Eventually, the children were returned to their home. The PHN and FPS practitioners continued to monitor the infant's weight gain and ensure that the parents followed through on doctor visits and their WIC application. The family also learned homemaking skills and budgeting. Although FPS has ended their services, Chris and Carrie continue to utilize the services of other community organizations to assist them in properly caring for their children.
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