Child abuse occurs in every county, state, and country. Our community is no exception. According to the Barrow and Jackson County Department of Family and Children Services Director, there were a total of 2,256 families involved in Child Protective Services investigations in FY2016. This is a significant amount of children and families dealing with abuse or suspected abuse in our community.
The Tree House, Inc. Family Services program strives to provide the tools and resources that families need to prevent abuse from occurring in their home and rebuilding families when their children are in foster care. Parenting is not easy and children do not come with instruction manuals. Family Services works with parents one-on-one, helping them navigate challenges that the family identifies. By providing guidance and support before abuse occurs, we are one step closer to preventing child abuse.
For some families, child maltreatment has occurred or circumstances led to their children being placed in foster care or out of home placement. This is a traumatic time for all involved. The House Inc. helps reduce the trauma that children in foster care may experience by providing a safe place for them to visit with their biological family while their parents are working towards reunification. These visits are supervised by trained observers, and parents and family members are provided with coaching to make sure bonding occurs and safety and comfort are maintained. The ultimate goal is for families to be reunited and to eliminate maltreatment in the future.
List of Family Services:
Supervised Visitation for children in foster care and their biological families
In-Home Parenting Education- A 12-week program offering for families with an open DFCS case
Center-based Parent Education for parents participating in Supervised Visitation
Parent Coaching during Supervised Visits
Transportation to and from Supervised Visitation
Fee for Service Supervised Visitation- A fee-based program for families in Superior Court Family Cases (Current clients may pay online below)