WHAT IS THE PERMANENCY SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM?
THE KOOTENAY PERMANENCY SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE SPECIALIZED SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH, PARENTS AND FAMILIES, WHERE A CHILD IS IN TRANSITION TO A PERMANENT PLACEMENT, SUCH AS AN ADOPTIVE HOME, FAMILY MEMBER OR ALTERNATIVE CAREGIVER. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES INTENSIVE, STRENGTH-BASED INTERVENTION, EDUCATION AND COUNSELLING TO ASSIST CAREGIVERS TO INTEGRATE A CHILD AND/OR REMAIN WITHIN THEIR FAMILY.
THE FOCUS IS TO HELP THE CHILD OR YOUTH AND FAMILY INCREASE THEIR:
- NATURAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- EMOTIONAL STABILITY
- CAREGIVER EDUCATION AROUND TRAUMA AND ATTACHMENT
- PARENTING CAPACITY
- INTERPERSONAL AND LIFE SKILLS
- FAMILY COPING STRATEGIES
WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?
- COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT AND GOAL DEVELOPMENT
- INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING
- PARENT COUNSELING AND EDUCATION AROUND TRAUMA AND ATTACHMENT
- SUPPORT YOUTH AND FAMILY TO DEVELOP NEW SKILLS AND APPROACHES TO RESOLVE CONFLICT
- EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, AND INTERPERSONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT
- SUPPORT WITH INCREASING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND UNDERSTANDING AVAILABLE SERVICES
HOW TO ACCESS THIS SERVICE?
The Permanency Support Services Program serves families of children and youth that have been in care, and are in transition to a permanent placement, in the communities of the East and West Kootenays. Families are referred by MCFD guardianship, resource and adoption social workers within the region.
Referals are screened by the Program Director, in cooperation with the Ministry, and prioritised based on the criteria below:
- Children and youth are living in an adoptive family or an alternative out-of- care family placement.
- The parents/caregivers/families need to be willing to engage in and commit to a supportive and educational intervention process.
- The youth may be struggling with behavioural, and attachment and other related issues.
- The urgency of the referral and critical needs of the child or family (which must be responded to as a priority for service, and such response will be documented in the client’s file).
- The presenting issues, strengths, needs, abilities and preferences of the child, youth and/or family.
- The availability of staff caseload capacity to engage with a new referral.
This program is provided across the East and West Kootenays, through a combination of in-home and on-line outreach services.
After receiving a referral, we contact the youth (and family, as applicable) to discuss the program, and answer the youth and/or family’s questions. The results of this screening process could be to develop an admission plan, or to identify a plan for youth and/or parents for referral to alternate services.
HOW LONG DOES THE YOUTH OUTREATCH PROGRAM WORK WITH YOUTH?
Duration and frequency of service depends on the individual needs and goals of each youth and family; some services may have a maximum service duration.
The decision-making process regarding transition or discharge planning for youth served by the program is described above. The criteria for consideration of discharge/transition decisions include:
- Completion of ISP goals, and significant improvement in functioning in relation to the presenting issues/reasons for referral identified in the screening documents.
- Engagement or transition of the youth and/or family in/to other services that will address their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.
- Extended period of non-engagement in the program, where the child/youth or parents do not participate for an extended period or decline the services.
- Non-compliance with the expectations of a Youth Agreement.
- The youth has returned to the family’s care, with other supports in place.
- The youth has achieved independence, and does not require program support.
- Other criteria that may be identified by the social worker, case management team or the specific youth or family.
Candice Henriques, Program Director
250 763 2977 ext. 120