Therapy

 

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.

 

Parenting Education

 

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.

 

Living Skills

 

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.

 

Father involvement

 

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. The first reason is the mother's  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).

 

The second reason is 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 mother with the father of the baby. We will only discuss the progress of the baby with the father.

 

Post-Discharge Involvement

 

When a youth arrives at Haven Home for Girls, Inc., the Case Manager will contact the person(s)to which the youth is expected to be discharged after program completion. The Case Manager will discuss with them the importance of receiving feedback and participation with them while said youth is at Haven Home for Girls, so that a smooth transition may occur when the youth is discharged.The post-discharge persons may have concerns regarding youth (re)integration into their home.

 

The Case Manager will discuss these concerns with them and will help them develop strategies to make the transition as smooth as possible. The Case Manager will maintain regular contact with them throughout the youth’s stay, providing encouragement, making suggestions, and talking through their struggles. Upon discharge, The Case Manager will be a support for them(and for the youth) so that the needs of all persons involved may be heard and addressed. Initially, weekly to bi-weekly phone contact and/or home visits will occur. The ongoing frequency will be determined by how well said youth has re-integrated into the home.

 

*During their post-discharge time, The Case Manager will be focusing on items such as education (is she enrolled in school), childcare (does she have a safe place for her child to go when she goes to school/work), personal care (is she keeping herself healthy), transportation(can she get to where she needs to go), community services (does she know what support is available to her, has she been able to connect with these services, is she utilizing her local support services), and interactions as a family unit (how is everyone getting along, are they communicating effectively, is this a viable living arrangement). We at Haven Home for Girls are dedicated to ensuring that our youth have the support and information that they need to be successful.

 

*The Case Manager will maintain regular contact with the placing agency, caseworker, or probation officer to provide information, discuss progress, and determine when the need for The Case Manager’s involvement may cease (up to three months’ post-discharge).*The youth are always encouraged to contact staff at Haven Home for Girls post-discharge, at any time, for support.