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THE FAMILY CONNECTION

 

 

5 Market Square
Amesbury, MA 01913
Phone: 978-388-7032 ext. 222
Fax: 978-388-6080
Email: jcoffin@hes-inc.org

 


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THE FAMILY CONNECTION

 

The Family Connection is a DMH funded wraparound services project serving at risk children/adolescents (to the age of 19) and their families who reside in one of the eleven communities of the upper Merrimack Valley. Wraparound entails short term, strengths based, flexible community services designed to stabilize the family and reduce the risk, frequency and duration of a child's out of home placement. Examples of wraparound services include family advocacy and networking, after school activities, respite, mentoring, summer programming and family activity opportunities. Referral packets are completed on a child's behalf by the parent and a provider, selected by the parent as the referral agent, who serves a case management function. Services are coordinated and brokered within the family's area of meaningful ties via a team meeting, consisting of professional community providers, the child's parent(s), the referral agent and other providers, and the wraparound director. Wraparound services are recommended for 3-12 months with required review as needed to assess benefit of continuation of any service.

 

WHO WE ARE...

  • Newburyport Team

  • Haverhill Team

    • We meet with eligible families from the eleven listed communities.

    • Each family has one family team meeting to coordinate existing services and develop a service plan.

    • Each team meets twice monthly.

    • Teams are comprised of the family, their selected referral agent, providers and members of their support network, The Family Connection Director and professional representatives from DMH, DSS, MSPCC, Parent Coordinator, School Departments, District Court Probation and ad hoc monitors representing the local community.

WHAT WE DO...

Wrap-around is a process that serves to increase family stability by:

  • Helping families identify their needs and strengths

  • Assisting families to access and enhance community supports and resources

  • Supporting opportunities for families to network with other communities

  • Educating families toward increased confidence in parenting their challenging children

  • Providing specific creative and flexible services to reduce out of home placements for children at risk

  • Empowering Families to become strong advocates for their children

  • Improving service coordination and collaboration among families, providers and child serving agencies

WHO WE SERVE...

  • Families with children under 19 years of age who reside in one of the eleven communities served

  • Families who are parenting children with serious emotional disturbances

  • Families parenting children whom are at risk of out of home placement

  • Families who are involved with at least two child-serving agencies, one of which may be school Special Education services

Communities Served

  • Haverhill

  • Boxford

  • Georgetown

  • Merrimac

  • West Newbury

  • Groveland

  • Newburyport

  • Salisbury

  • Amesbury

  • Rowley

  • Newbury


          5 Market Square
          Amesbury, MA 01913
          Phone: 978-388-7032 ext. 222
          Fax: 978-388-6080
          Email: jcoffin@hes-inc.org


 

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