Family Unification Support Services, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues:

Location: 8433 N. Black Canyon Hwy., Suite 100 Phoenix AZ 85021 USA

Mission: We provide support for the successful transition and unification of children back into an identified family unit. Children currently reside in temporary foster care, juvenile facilities, state supported group homes and domestic violence shelters.
Results: Obtaining an office space for therapy and educational services. Building a web-site. Providing parenting classes, family and individual therapy for clients who are referred by Child Protective Services and do not quality for insurance. Providing needed documentation for family court judges. Providing mentors for youth referred by CPS who have minimal family support.
Target demographics: Low-income families/children between the ages of 2-18 years old.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Families whose goal is unification. Professionals in the field who no longer have funds available for essential support services. Families living at umom domestic violence shelter. Teen mothers residing in Child Help Group Homes. Teens in need of mentors.
Programs: Parenting/Anger Management Classes. Mentoring. Individual, Family and Group Therapy. Support Groups, Transportation and Communication Support, Financial Assistance.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with children and their families for the past 10 years. I first learned about Family Unification in late 2010. I have made referrals to Family Unification for mentors for some of the children I work with. Linda takes the time to meet the child and get to know them in order for a good match to take place. This shows how genuinely caring she is and that she has the child's best interest at heart. The relationships that foster children have are very important and they can use all the support they can get, especially in times when they are separated from their families. The relationships that these children form with mentors are much more meaningful than the ones they have with us "professionals," and they feel much more comfortable in being able to communicate with them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

communication with Linda and having a mentor matched to one of my kids.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its growth as it plays an important role in the lives of our youth.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Family Unification Support Services has provided a range of support services for our clients. Their referral process is easy to navigate, they are flexible in their schedules and they are swift in providing services for families in need. We are quick to refer others to Family Unification Support Services because of how our clients have benefitted from their program.

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I've referred clients to the agency for family therapy and parenting education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish more organizations would model their services after Family Unification Support Services.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Linda Thompson provided services, classes, and groups to the residents in our group homes. The residents are young girls ages 13-18 who have multiple barriers to success including addiction, behavior issues, and limited to no familial support. Anger, hurt, resentment is usual for these girls. Linda was able to break through their barriers and protective methods to help them get to the heart of issues quickly and without feeling threatened. Many of our girls requested one on one time with Linda as they felt she could relate and that she cared.

Linda was also extremely responsive to our agency when a need was identified. She responded to requests quickly, professionally, and with utmost in care. Her communication was always timely and spot-on. She understood the underlying need and on numerous occasions made valuable recommendations for changes in order to help us reach our goals even if it meant reducing her level of involvement. Her heart and goals are always with the client first and foremost.

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Our clients were eager to have Linda come to our program for their groups and classes. They were not normally open to anyone on this level, much less to a therapist. Linda was extremely valuable and had a major role in our making progress with our clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot honestly think of one thing I would recommend to change.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Linda has created something amazing when there’s a balance of flavors and spices and nothing is sticking out, nothing is too overpowering or too ‘blah.’ That applies to the way she founded her agency. Everything has to be beautifully harmonious. That applies to the services she provide to the community as well — it’s about harmony in terms of people working together. Linda is a blessing to Maricopa County.
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Get the services to more people

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Family Unification Support Services has been an invaluable part of our support services for clients. In an era of waiting lists and increased eligibility requirements, Family Unification Support Services has been a front runner in providing quality services in a timely manner to families who are in dire need. Their approach is both flexible and compassionate, recognizing the unique dynamics and needs within each family. They have been a saving grace for many of the families within our program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've referred clients to the agency for: parenting education and coaching, family and individual therapy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see more angencies like Family Unification Support Services!

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