Boys Town Family Home Program
Married couples called Family-Teachers® care for children ages 10 to 18 in three homes for boys and two homes for girls in Tallahassee. Many of these children have suffered the trauma of abuse, neglect or abandonment, and have been removed from their homes. Often, they have serious emotional and behavioral problems. Family-Teachers and Assistant Family-Teachers (who help care for youth in Family Homes) provide compassionate, effective care while meeting the daily needs of each child. In these single-Treatment Family Homes, youth form a family and learn social and independent-living skills that help them find success in school and in their community. The ultimate goal is to reunify children with their families, whenever possible. Children are referred to Treatment Family Homes through contracts with state agencies.
North Florida Foster Family Services
“Becoming a Foster Parent with Boys Town
affords you one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. You will
provide children in need the support and stability they require. The love and
safety you give will leave a lasting impression that will provide a child with
the necessary parent-child bond that will help them succeed.”
Bender, Executive Director, Boys Town North Florida
Each day, children with special treatment
needs in North Florida are victims of abuse and neglect. They encounter
dangerous living conditions at home, financial problems and even the lingering
effects of natural disasters, leaving them in need of a safe place to live.
Boys Town Foster Family Services® gives these children a safe home with a
family that can provide compassion, guidance and comfort.
Boys Town Foster Family Services® features Foster Parents,
trained and supported by Boys Town, who open up their homes in the community to
children who need a safe place to live. While providing a caring family, Foster
Parents work to reunify children with their parents or other caregivers,
whenever possible. These children come to the program through referrals from
other agencies like social services or other Boys Town programs, or “step down”
from residential and hospital settings to foster care as part of a transition
back into their communities. The length of stay varies, depending on a child’s
needs. When they leave, these children return home or, when that is not
possible, are adopted or placed in another more permanent home"
Boys Town In-Home Family Services
Parents belong with their children. At Boys Town North Florida, we believe that it should be the goal of every family and child care organization to keep children in their home or reunite them with their family whenever possible.
In fact, through our In-Home Family ServicesSM we can help teach families not only how to handle issues after they arise but also how to prevent them from becoming more disruptive. The result: a less traumatic experience for parents and children and more cost-effective, high-value care that aids state governments and society as a whole.
A Commitment to Compassionate Care: In-Home Family Services
At the core of our efforts lies our highly trained Family Consultants. These individuals aid families who are struggling with a variety of challenges from economic hardship, substance abuse, marital issues, family conflicts and others by giving them the parenting skills they need to regain control over their lives.
Working with our Family Consultants, family members learn how to create a safe, nurturing home for children, and how to use resources in the community to help them solve problems on their own. Our Consultants are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide support and assistance. The length and intensity of services depends upon a family’s needs and the specific situation.
Child and family care is managed at the state level, and there are numerous challenges that make it difficult to fund these efforts. Nonetheless, Boys Town is working to spread this approach to care throughout the country. We work closely with state governments to help serve parents, families and children who have entered “the system” and work to deliver them the services they need by remaining a family, in their own homes.
We are growing our evidence-base for our In-Home Family Services program with the Boys Town National Research InstituteSM, a department of Boys Town dedicated entirely to researching our programs effectiveness on families’ toughest problems. Follow-up studies of Boys Town’s In-Home Family ServicesSM show that, after they received Boys Town’s help, 91% of the families stayed together, 92% of the kids in the families were attending school, and 96% reported that Boys Town had a positive impact on their family.
When the family stays together, a child’s success increases dramatically. The child is more focused in school because home is stable and safe. That’s because mom and dad are practicing the skills our Family Consultants taught them and have support whenever they need it. They know they have the power to provide and protect their family.
Boys Town Community Support Services
Boys Town Community Support Services provide a wide variety of resources that can help children and families learn how to help themselves, or receive specialized care or education assistance in specific locations. These services can help create a layer of prevention so that children and families don’t need other services within the Integrated Continuum of CareSM in the future.
Care Coordination provides a lifeline to children suffering from mental health issues by connecting them with programs or resources that can provide the best care. In this intensive, family-oriented program, Boys Town Consultants help parents and caregivers access, navigate and monitor the services their children need.
The Boys Town National Hotline® (800.448.3000) is a free resource and counseling service that assists youth and parents 24/7, year-round, nationwide. The hotline receives about 150,000 calls a year.
Parenting Support We've learned a lot about caring for children and families over the past 100 years. All that knowledge has been adapted and made available to all parents online at: http://www.boystown.org/parenting
Common Sense Parenting® provides parents and other caregivers with proven techniques that can help them build good family relationships, prevent and correct misbehavior and improve positive behavior. These informative classes are usually presented in the community and at schools.
The Boys Town Press® produces books, audio products, DVDs, display materials and other resources to assist children, parents, caregivers, educators and other professionals. http://www.boystownpress.org/
www.yourlifeyourvoice.org is a special website that enables and encourages teens to share their problems, concerns and challenges in positive, creative ways and provides access to immediate help in a crisis. Visit www.yourlifeyourvoice.org
School-Based Programs provide a variety of training and instruction resources for teachers, administrators and other school staff that can support or enhance an educational environment. Training programs are based on the Boys Town Education Model®, which focuses on skills teaching, relationship building and effective discipline procedures.