|Parents and Families Involved in the Child
children and families connected with the Child Welfare System need
special assistance to manage challenges that are connected with
reunification. When children are able to remain in residence with a
parent caregiver, intervention is focused on helping parents and
children achieve stabilization, so that parents and children do not
have to experience separation. The goal is to help both parents and
children resolve problems in the home environment that may have been
the source of Child Welfare involvement.
Parents have a very important role in the therapeutic process.
The child’s treatment progress is enhanced when parents have the
support that they need. When children have special emotional or
behavioral needs, parents benefit from education so that they can
better understand the child’s behavior and address it
consistently. A “parent coaching” approach is often used to
work on skill-building. Parents benefit from learning strategies for
managing the child’s behavior more effectively at home while the
child receives treatment. Often, parents and children are seen
together, so that parents and children can resolve relationship
concerns and parents can learn to help the child use coping skills that
may be introduced in treatment sessions.
When children cannot continue to reside with a parent caregiver,
the stresses that they experience are very significant. As an
organization, NEOBH has an extensive history of intervention with
children who require rapid intervention as they experience the
emotional upheaval that often accompanies the experience of being
removed from the care of a parent. Foster parents, kinship providers
and, when possible, biological parents are included in the
child’s treatment process. The goal is to stabilize the child and
assist with adjustment. Parent-child treatment is initiated to help
with reunification when the parent is ready for this important step.
Adults working toward reunification with their children
typically receive a Case Plan from the Child Welfare System that
highlights the concerns that may have compromised the child’s
safety and security. These parents need special support and
encouragement to make the changes needed so that they can successfully
reunify with their children. NEOBH Clinical Staff help parents with the
reunification process by addressing relationship difficulties, mental
health concerns and other problems.