H.O.P.E. Counseling & Associates, LLC currently contracts with the Department of Child Services to provide Home Based Therapy, Home Based Casework, and Supervised Visitation Facilitation within Region 10 (Marion County) and Region 14 (Johnson, Shelby, Jennings, Jackson, and Bartholomew County). H.O.P.E. Counseling & Associates, LLC also works with clients that have active juvenile probation cases.
HOME BASED THERAPY
Provision of structured, goal-oriented, time-limited therapy in the natural environment of families who need assistance recovering from physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and neglect. Other issues, including substance abuse relapse prevention, mental illness, personality/behavior disorder, developmental disability, dysfunctional family of origin, and current family dysfunction, may be addressed in the course of treating the abuse/neglect.
Provision of home based casework services for families involved with DCS/Probation. Home based casework is also available for pre-adoption and post-adoption services for adoptive families at risk or in crisis. These in-home services should be high quality, family centered, and culturally competent. They should be effective in reducing maltreatment, improving caretaking and coping skills, enhancing family resilience, supporting healthy and nurturing relationships, and children’s physical, mental, emotional and educational well-being. Home-Based Casework Services should help to safely maintain children in their homes (or foster home); prevent children's initial placement or reentry into foster care; preserve, support, and stabilize families; and promote the well-being of children, youth, and families.
HOME BASED CASEWORK
SUPERVISED VISITATION FACILITATION
Visit facilitation as identified by DCS/Probation will be provided between parents/children/siblings and/or others who have been separated due to a substantiated allegation of abuse or neglect or involvement with juvenile probation. Visitation allows the child an opportunity to reconnect and reestablish the parent/child/family relationship in a safe environment. It is an excellent time for parents to learn and practice new concepts of parenting and to assess their own ability to parent through interaction with the child. Supervised visitation allows the DCS/Probation to assess the relationship between the child and parent and to assist the parent in strengthening their parenting skills and developing new skills
The role of the visitation provider is to protect the integrity of the visit and provide a positive atmosphere where parents and children may interact in a safe, structured environment. Visitation may be held in a visitation facility; neutral sites such as parks, fast food restaurant with playground, or shopping malls; child’s own home or relative’s home; foster home; or other location as deemed appropriate by the referring agency and other parties involved in the child’s case taking into consideration the child’s physical safety and emotional wellbeing.
The level and frequency of supervision required for visitation and how the supervision is handled will depend upon the purposes for which it is required. Supervision of visits should be consistent with identified case issues and supportive of case goals.