Partners with Families and Children: Spokane

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Target Population: 
Families
Sector: 
Family Treatment, Multi-Sector
Topic: 
Alcohol/Drugs/Tobacco, Case Management, Child Abuse, Financial Literacy, Parenting, Relationships
Target Audience 

This program is for families with children under 30 months old who have been abused or neglected.  

Summary 

Partners with Families and Children:  Spokane, a wraparound services program, is designed to benefit young children and their families when families are referred by child protective services, law enforcement, or other public health agencies because of neglect or violence in the home.  This program promotes enhanced parent-child relationships and offers case management, substance abuse and mental health services, parenting resources, and an individualized family care team.

Evidence 

No peer-reviewed evaluations of this program were identified.

Components 

This multidisciplinary intervention involves the whole family in an effort to prevent or cease child neglect and maltreatment.  This recovery process is as follows:

  • Assigns families to a Family Team Coordinator who completes an initial assessment and a home visit with the family.
  • Forms a core team, which includes the family and the Family Team Coordinator, and this team often establishes additional partnerships with schools, Head Start programs, local public health professionals, and agencies that could help meet the family’s specific needs.  Family Team Coordinators model appropriate relationships and behaviors and encourage and support parents in their development of competencies and self-reflection.
  • Initiates family team meetings that involve parental skills instruction and emphasize the quality of parent-child relationships and interactions.

Parents may also attend substance abuse or mental health and parenting counseling sessions through Partners with Families and Children:  Spokane.  Mental Health and Parenting Intervention services offered include Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; Engaging Fatherhood Group; Individual, Family, and Couples Counseling; and Financial Asset Building services.  

Previous Use 

This program was founded in 1988 and has been used in Spokane, Washington, where it has or is serving over 500 families.

Training 

Please contact Partners with Families and Children:  Spokane for information on training.

Considerations 

Considerations for implementing this program include securing trained and licensed professionals to provide counseling and family team coordination, acquiring buy-in and commitment from families, and obtaining community support and collaborations.

The Clearinghouse can help address these considerations. Please call 1-877-382-9185 or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu

Implementation 

If you are interested in implementing Partners with Families and Children:  Spokane, the Clearinghouse is interested in helping you!  Please call 1-877-382-9185 or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu

Time 

Time to complete this program varies and depends on the circumstances and needs of each family.  The Family Care Team should meet once a month.

Cost 

A required video costs $25, and all other program materials are free.  An optional monthly consultation costs $500.

Evaluation Plan 

To move the Partners with Families and Children:   Spokane program to the Promising category on the Clearinghouse Continuum of Evidence, at least one evaluation should be performed demonstrating positive effects lasting at least six months from program completion.

The Clearinghouse can help you develop an evaluation plan to ensure the program components are meeting your goals. Please call 1-877-382-9185 or email Clearinghouse@psu.edu

Contact 

Contact the Clearinghouse with any questions regarding this program.
Phone: 1-877-382-9185 Email: Clearinghouse@psu.edu

You may also contact Partners with Families and Children:   Spokane by mail 1321 W. Broadway, Spokane, WA 99201, phone 1-509-473-4810, fax 1-509-473-4840, or visit www.partnerswithfamilies.org

*Resources and associated costs reflect those identified at the time of fact sheet publication.