Our family-centered services maintain the safety and well-being of all family members and provide strengths-based and culturally sensitive services with the goal of supporting family stability, successful reunification, and permanency by strengthening the family and improving family functioning.
Our family supportive community and treatment model encourages family to engage and participate in their child's treatment and prepares youth to live at home or in the community. We encourage and facilitate the active participation of all parents and stepparents, legal guardians, and other important family members in the treatment of their child.
We support and promote positive close contact between youth and their family members; consistent and positive contact between parents and/or legal guardians and Stetson treatment staff; engagement of parents and other important family members in the treatment process; and the establishment of pathways that strengthen the development of current and future family relationships and promote healing in families where abusive behavior has contributed to stress, and sometimes victimization, within the family.
Family Driven Treatment
Valuing that your child and family have distinctive strengths and needs, we partner with you as members of your child's treatment team to prepare your child to live with you in your home or in the community.
As a parent of a child receiving services from Stetson School, you will play a vital and critical role in planning your child’s treatment and putting it into action. We recognize that you know your child better than anyone and you are responsible for ensuring that his best interests are met. Your contributions are needed and solicited from the time we first meet your child and throughout our work together. Your hopes and goals for your child are critical to his success, both in his treatment at Stetson, and in the future. Valuing that your family has distinctive strengths and needs, we join with you to discover what it will take for your child to live with you and your family at home or in the community. This will include gathering your thoughts and insights about what works well with your child; and as your treatment team partner, we will share our observations and insights, too.
We have a wealth of experience in engaging families that live at a distance from the program, serving youth from various states in the northeast and even the mid-Atlantic region. Daily phone contact between the child and parents is supported. Case Managers and Clinicians are in contact with parents on a weekly basis, providing both phone and email updates as preferred by the family. In most cases, family therapy is a priority need for the family and has to be engaged as early in the placement process as possible. We assist with transportation to the campus when possible and meet with families in their home communities.