Most people think of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services as the agency that cares for children whose families can’t care for them anymore. But a huge part of their mission is helping families in crisis stay together. They do this at no cost to the families, regardless of their circumstance. The families we serve face enormous threats to their unity: the death of a parent, divorce, illness, homelessness, violence and substance abuse.
We help: Mainly foster parents but also: families in need of emotional support, single parents who feel overwhelmed, grandparents raising grandchildren, families struggling with a child’s difficult behavior, and parents who are at the end of their rope and not sure where to turn, The counselor has a capacity for 15 clients and often may have a waiting list.
Their proven approach, as well as their compassion and patience, has saved many families from breaking apart. First, specialists make sure the children are safe. Then they help families create goals to work toward and support them when they need it, for as long as they need it. This may include; identifying a family’s strengths and areas where they can grow, building up parenting skills, individual and group counseling, and working on daily routines and healthy relationships.