It was the second foster
home for 2 kids age
7 and 10.
It was the second foster home in a year for Shauna, 7, and Robert, 10. Our home-based services were requested by county child welfare because of concerns about parental neglect and abandonment. Dad was in jail. Mom was overwhelmed and emotionally distraught. Grandma was the steady influence in their lives. As the county caseworker brought a police escort, our staff helped transport the frightened children to their new foster home, comforted grandma and then designed a plan to help mom manage her life and responsibilities. Four months later, the children are settled in school and mom has gained self-confidence and is doing well both at home and in her job. Grandma is helping care for the children after school. The family is reunited, living together and doing well.
CONNECTING YOUTH WITH Home & Family
Our Home-Based Care program, based on the Preventative Aftercare model, is growing. We are currently serving 12 Colorado counties and recently added services to rural areas in southeast Colorado. Over the past six years, we have served over 1,500 boys, girls and family members. The goal of the program is to strengthen and protect children, youth and families experiencing traumatic situations, losses, abuse, neglect and other special needs. Our work promotes self-reliance, prevents family disruption and reduces the need for state funded services. Our cases come to us as referrals from the county child welfare departments. Currently, CBR YouthConnect is being asked to provide more services to teen parents.
Through this program we work directly with parents who have been separated from their children due to safety issues. We observe and supervise their interaction and teach basic parenting skills such as nurturing, daily routine, household management and discipline.