Family Preservation Services aim to keep youth safe and in their homes

Our services

Choices serves families with complex needs who are usually involved with multiple systems, such as child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health agencies.

We currently offer these Family Preservation Services through the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS): High Fidelity Wraparound, Motivational Interviewing, Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Each of these services are evidence-based, which means they are heavily researched by experts and proven to be effective. See below for more information about each service.

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High Fidelity Wraparound

Under Choices Family Preservation Services, High Fidelity Wraparound is a little different than our other care coordination or Wraparound services. DCS refers the entire family – not just a youth.

The process

  • Planning focuses on the family as a whole and the issue(s) causing the highest risk of the child being removed from their home. Like all of our programs, we emphasize the youth’s safety and also preventing or managing a crisis.
  • Families take the lead in forming a team of supportive relatives, friends, and service providers. A care coordinator helps them document their family’s story, strengths, and vision for the future. A peer support specialist can also provide the family with further assistance.
  • The team – called a Child and Family Team – helps them execute a Plan of Care in order to help the family achieve their goals. Each family connects with available resources in their community to help them succeed long-term.

Areas we serve

Choices Family Preservation Services – High Fidelity Wraparound is currently available in DCS Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. See this map for more details about DCS Regions.

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Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN)

Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) is an intensive service for families who are entering the child welfare system. Choices clinicians contact the family immediately after a referral and visit their homes to identify their needs.

We are able to support families in many areas, including treatment for substance use disorders, addressing mental health challenges, and skills development. Our MST-CAN caseloads are small, which allows our staff to be available to each family as needed through each day.

The process

Families served by Choices Family Preservation Services - MST-CAN typically have a youth who is between 6 and 17 years old.

  • Choices assigns a therapist and crisis case manager to each family, and the team visits the family at home – multiple times each week.
  • The therapist focuses on the family’s mental and behavioral health needs.
  • The case manager supports the family in other areas, like housing, finance, transportation, and coordination of other services.
  • If appropriate, a psychiatrist is available to prescribe/manage medication and to address other psychiatric needs.

Areas we serve

Choices Family Preservation Services – MST-CAN is currently available in DCS Region 10. See this map for more details about DCS Regions.

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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Choices considers the impact trauma has made on a youth’s mental health and how they learned to cope. We help each youth understand and address their individual needs through therapy. We also help their caregivers develop ways to effectively support them.

Choices’ Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is geared towards families with youth 6 to 18 years old. The youth we serve have histories of trauma and show symptoms related to trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance use.

The process

  • Choices assigns a therapist and case manager team to each family.
  • The therapist works with the family to help them address trauma-related mental health needs.
  • The case manager helps the family in other areas, like building good habits such as budgeting and meal planning.

Areas we serve

Choices Family Preservation Services – TF-CBT is currently available in DCS Regions 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15. See this map for more details about DCS Regions.

Referrals

All Choices Family Preservation Services referrals come from DCS Family Case Managers (FCMs).

If you are an FCM, please email FamilyPresReferrals@ChoicesCCS.org or call 317.279.5581. The Choices Family Preservation Services intake specialist will review each referral, discuss the family’s needs, and share our availability.

Visit this link for more information about the DCS Family Preservation Services program.