The mission of Partners with Families & Children is to prevent, interrupt and repair cycles of abuse and neglect within families. Our services are designed to work with children and families holistically in order to end child abuse, strengthen families and build a healthier community. Our primary programs are:
Partners' Children's Advocacy Center is an innovative and collaborative resource providing specialized medical examinations, forensic interviews, therapeutic treatment and legal advocacy services to child victims of physical/sexual abuse and/or neglect. Child Advocacy Centers are designed to reduce trauma to child abuse victims by coordinating services; reducing the number of times a child must be interviewed, providing vital medical and mental health services for these children and their families, and facilitating the prosecution of perpetrators through coordination of services.
If you have a mental health condition, you're not alone. 1 in 5 American adults experience some form of mental illness in any given year. Many people don't seek treatment, or remain unaware that their symptoms could be connected to a mental health condition, though their children and families may be deeply impacted. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you and your family can overcome challenges together and enjoy healthy relationships. Partners offers individual and group counseling, as well as Child and Family Team Coordination to empower holistic family decision making, reunification and healing.
The family has a central role to play in the treatment of any health problem, including substance use disorders. At Partners, the goal of treatment is to meet the needs of all family members and to support wellness and family reunification. The goal of Partners' Substance Use Disorders treatment program is to intervene in complex relational patterns and trauma-induced behaviors to bring about productive change for the entire family.
Twenty percent of infants struggle with excessive crying, regardless of their birth order, gender, feeding style, race, parents' education or income. It also could occur despite excellent care. Many of these infants have colic--crying for more than three hours a day at least three days a week for three weeks. Their parents often are frustrated and feel helpless trying to soothe their infant. The Fussy Baby Network is designed to assess the infant and reduce family stress by offering resources, support and consultation by phone or through home visits for families concerned about their baby's crying, sleeping, feeding or temperament during the first year of life.
The child-parent relationship has a major influence on most aspects of child development. Partners provides parenting support programs that help parents learn to become more capable and competent, to make informed family decisions, and to provide the necessary resources and supports to care for their children in ways that promote child and family health and wellness, learning and development.