Community-Based Services

Customized support in your local area

UMFS offers a network of flexible community-based services. Intensive care coordination, parent support partners, community respite, supervised visitation and community-based clinical support are just a few of the formal and informal offerings to support at-risk families.

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Community Respite

Community Respite is designed to (1) provide temporary relief to the caretakers and (2) to protect the health, safety and welfare of a child on a short-term basis. Community Respite care will be offered as needed for the provision of temporary respite to primary caregivers for children who are not in full or partial custody of the Department of Social Services (DSS) with the potential aims of reducing family stress, preventing abuse and neglect, and/or supporting family stability.

Comprehensive Case Coordination

Comprehensive Case Coordination is a type of stabilization service provided to a family who requires assistance with linking the services needed to stabilize the family, ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of the child. This service is provided to families with children birth to age 21. Comprehensive Case Coordination includes assessments; regular contact to include face-to-face, telephone, email, etc.; behavior management; collaboration with other service providers; treatment planning; and/or counseling. This service may be utilized after the Adoptive Placement Agreement is signed and services are needed until finalization.

Extreme Recruitment

UMFS has an aggressive program to locate a permanent family for children who have been in foster care for a long time. It has been very successful in finding these children safe and appropriate homes by reconnecting them with relatives or matching them with adoptive parents.

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Family Stabilization Services

UMFS Family Stabilization Services improve family functioning and increase child well-being by providing individualized, flexible services to meet a family’s specific needs. This service may be provided in order to maintain or reunify families. Family Stabilization Services are customized to meet the child/family’s individual needs. This service is available to children and youth, birth through 21 years. UMFS Family Stabilization Services could include:

  • Family reunification services for a child who is planning to return home to their biological or adoptive family from an out-of-home placement.
  • Community-based clinical support for a child and his or her family who are experiencing conflicts in the home, school, or community.
  • Parenting education & coaching services when there is a need for the provision of practical parenting education, role modeling, training, and skills building.

Family Support Partners

The FSP is a parent with the lived experience of navigating Virginia’s child behavioral health system with their own child who lives with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges.  These parents have reached a point of recovery with their own family to be able to team up with other parents attempting to navigate this system.  The FSP is responsible for sharing their journey, appropriately and effectively, to build a rapport and establish trust and respect with their assigned families.  The FSP has also received training in his or her role, community resources and the High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) process.  FSPs are agency employees with variable and flexible hours, depending on the needs of the families they serve.  FSPs support families navigating systems by doing the following:

  • Assist families with identifying their strengths and needs
  • Develop a rapport to understand the family’s culture and ensure the other providers are aware
  • Help families determine who their team members are and any additional members who may be invited
  • Support families in identifying and utilizing formal and natural supports
  • Prepare families prior to their HFW team meetings
  • Assure the family’s voice and choice is heard at meetings and share their lived experience as necessary in support of this
  • Translate systems language and meanings
  • Help families find and access community resources and non-traditional services
  • Provide understanding of the current systems families are navigating and educate families about additional systems and resources
  • Model good self-care strategies and encourage the families they serve to practice self-care
  • Prepare families for and/or accompany them to school meetings, court appearances, appointments with mental health or other providers, FAPT meetings, IEP meetings, etc.
  • Transfer skills to encourage positive and consistent communication, to develop personal and system advocacy skills, and to improve problem-solving abilities.
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Intensive Care Coordination

For families with children and teens who are currently in, or at risk of, an out-of-home placement due to behavioral or mental health needs, Intensive Care Coordination and a trusted Family Support Partner can be a lifeline. As part of a Systems of Care model, ICC is a highly individualized, family-driven process. This unique team approach provides formal and informal supports the child and family in the community. The result is an empowered, independent family who can advocate for themselves and the needs of their child.

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Outpatient Services

UMFS Outpatient Services can be provided to children (ages 10 and older) and adults with mental health needs. Service delivery may include individual, family and/or group counseling. An individualized service plan is developed based on the comprehensive assessment. When needed, clients are linked to other service providers within the community.

Visitation

UMFS offers two types of visitation: Supervised Monitored and Supervised Therapeutic.

Visitation services are available for children and youth, birth through 17 years.

  • Supervised Monitored Visitation – The purpose of Supervised Monitored Visitations is to provide a safe supportive environment between the child(ren) and a non-custodial parent/family member(s), without the child(ren) being put in the middle of the parents’/family member(s) conflicts or other difficulties.  This service is appropriate for families seeking to maintain family connections and/or reunification.
  • Supervised Therapeutic Visitation – The purpose of Supervised Therapeutic Visitation is to provide a safe, supportive environment between child(ren) and a non-custodial parent/family member(s) to repair family relationships where damage has occurred, e.g. abuse and neglect, without the child(ren) being put in the middle of the parents’/family member(s) conflicts or other difficulties.  This service provides parent education and coaching. It is appropriate for families seeking to maintain family connections and/or reunify.
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