Causes: Human Services
Mission: To break the cycle of child abuse through a diverse network of community partners and innovative services.
Programs: Case management: united for families subcontracts with two agencies for case management services. One agency provides case management for st. Lucie county, and the other agency provides case management services for martin county, indian river county and okeechobee county. The primary goal of case management for children served in their home is to ensure that the children are safe and to prevent unnecessary placement in out-of-home care. The primary goal of case management for children receiving out-of-home care is to ensure appropriate and stable placements and appropriate services for the child and family to ensure that permanency is achieved within 12 months. The case managers provide the appropriate level of case management, services and supports, based on family need as well as ongoing safety and well-being assessments.
adoptions: united for families subcontracts for adoption recruitment, case management, and support services. The program has again exceeded its performance target for the year, ensuring permanent homes for a record number of treasure coast children. Support services have expanded in repsonse to adoptive family interest, and works to ensure that adoptive famileis are nurtured through the post-adoption adjustment period, and at any point thereafter in their lives that the family seeks additional support.
foster care licensed placements have been reduced by 34% overall. We expanded our foster care recruitment and retention program (foster homes) to include an additional level of care to allow children stepping down from specialized therapeutic placements or in need of a slightly higher level of care than traditional foster care which in referred to as our enhanced foster care level.