On-site behavioral, trauma, and family therapy are offered with a cognitive behavior therapy approach. All other therapeutic services are offered off-site by local professionals; including, but not limited to, drug and alcohol.
As a mom or a mom-to-be, both being educated and interacting with your child are essential to positive growth and development as well as encouraging their child to thrive. A number of topics are discussed and taught with the youth in our program, both on-site and off-site. Some of the programs we utilize off-site are evidence based and are carried out through partnering organizations. Prenatal, postnatal, and on-going parenting education opportunities and support are provided. A strong goal of Haven Home for Girls is to grow the mothers so that they may live independently with their child post-discharge.
The program at Haven Home for Girls centers around the youth developing and using independent living skills. Cooking, cleaning, acquiring employment, driver’s education, and budgeting are incorporated into our daily events. Additionally, we work with the youth to secure post discharge housing in collaboration with their individual goals.
Any and all contact with the father of the babies will be discussed with the placing agency to determine that it is a safe, healthy, and desirable relationship (ex: violence, sexual abuse, additional reasons for restricting, etc. are not present). We will allow contact only once this permission is given. That being said:We believe that the father’s involvement is an important consideration for our youth, as there are emotional ties that our youth have with them.We are interested in fostering positive father involvement for two main reasons: 1. Her involvement with the father of their child is important for all three of them for the rest of their lives. We are interested in helping them learn how to effectively communicate with one another (this is important whether they are still together or broken up); 2. The father of the child legally may have many rights to the child, especially if the county does not take custody of the child. We want to make sure that he knows how to care for his child effectively,and we do not want to keep him from bonding with his child.For these reasons,we offer parenting classes to the fathers. These classes start soon after the youth is placed with us, and are held while the youth is expecting as well as after she delivers.Additionally, we set goals for the babies upon birth.The father will be involved in the setting of the goals as well as with the goal reviews (We will evaluate progress and will send reports monthly. We will hold regular meetings to which he will be invited.). The fathers will be permitted to visit their child (unless court documentation does not permit) Saturdays from 10-6 and Tuesdays from 6-8 (these times may be altered to meet visitors scheduling needs).We have a designated area for visitation. The father will be able to visit with the mother as well as with the baby with approval from her placing agency.The visitation between the mother and father of the child will be monitored, and may be restricted due to undesirable behaviors on either part.*We will not discuss any progress of the youth with the father of the baby.
We will only discuss the progress of the baby with the father.