Family Advocates of Georgia, Inc

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                      Family System of Care Services

Advocacy - Children & Families will be assisted and supported to modify or resolve problems that are interfering with the accomplishment of their life enhancing and eductional goals.

Educational- Advocates who have special knowledge & training in public school education issues will assist parents and children. Issues may include, but not limited to the following: Academic Programs, Special Education (504 Plans; IEP Conference), Parent/Teacher Conference, Disciplinary Policies, etc.

Parent Support Group- Monthly Education and support sessions are held with parents who share common concerns and issues. Such sharing of knowledge and experience by parents serve to assist in their own self-empowerment, and the empowerment of group members.

Resource Referrals- Traditional agencies such as Child & Family Welfare, Mental Health, Local Housing Authorities, Health Centers, Educational Institutes and other Relevant Agencies will serve as resources for the children and families.

Family Support Partner- Under general supervision, Family Support Partner will conduct outreach and education to individuals/families with children who have severe emotional disorders and/or children/adolescents with alcohol/substance abuse issues and assist families to achieve self-sufficiency and live within the context of public support and work to strengthen family's ability to utilize natural resources in developing successful outcomes for healthy children. Applicant requires knowledge and ability to navigate though DJJ, DFCS, and Juvenile Court system.

 Anger Management Classes-

Choice-Based Adult Anger Control-Anger management classes are educational courses aimed at teaching skills to help change ones thinking and behavior.  At Family Advocates of Georgia, Inc, we use a highly structured approach using a Choice-Based Anger Control for Adults curriculum. Anger management classes are taught on a weekly basis and typically last from 1 to 2 hours in duration.  It is recommended that participants attend weekly and not miss classes.  Each week, participants will learn a new skill and are taught these skills from the client workbooks used in the course.  Our anger management classes can range from as short as 10 weeks and as long as 12 weeks to complete, depending on your requirements and reasons for attending.  Most voluntary participants attend 10 weekly classes.  Our anger management classes are fun, engaging, upbeat and meant to be a positive learning experience.  All anger management participants will receive an assessment prior to beginning their anger management classes as well as when they complete their program.

Choice-Based Teen Anger Control-The Anger Management for Teens is an 8-week program designed to educate and empower youth from ages 13-17 to deal with their anger, to use anger management and problem-solving skills, and to discover the coping skills they need to manage their anger appropriately.A major focus of the Anger Management for teens program is that anger is a normal human emotion and it not their anger that is the problem it is their response to their anger. 

Crisis Intervention- Crisis intervention refers to the methods used to offer immediate, short-term help to individuals who experience an event that produces emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral distress or problems. A crisis can refer to any situation in which the individual perceives a sudden loss of his or her ability to use effective problem-solving and coping skills. A number of events or circumstances can be considered a crisis: life-threatening situations, such as natural disasters (such as an earthquake or tornado), sexual assault or other criminal victimization; medical illness; mental illness; thoughts of suicide or homicide; and loss or drastic changes in relationships (death of a loved one or divorce, for example).

Purpose -Crisis intervention has several purposes. It aims to reduce the intensity of an individual's emotional, mental, physical and behavioral reactions to a crisis. Another purpose is to help individuals return to their level of functioning before the crisis. Functioning may be improved above and beyond this by developing new coping skills and eliminating ineffective ways of coping, such as withdrawal, isolation, and substance abuse. In this way, the individual is better equipped to cope with future difficulties. Through talking about what happened, and the feelings about what happened, while developing ways to cope and solve problems, crisis intervention aims to assist the individual in recovering from the crisis and to prevent serious long-term problems from developing. Research documents positive outcomes for crisis intervention, such as decreased distress and improved problem solving.

 

Nurturing Parenting Program - The Nurturing Parenting Programs are a family-centered initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices.  The long term goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of multiparent teenage pregnancies, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency and alcohol abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.  The Nurturing Programs target all families at risk for abuse and neglect with children birth to 18 years. 

The programs feature activities to foster positive parenting skills and self-nurturing, home practice exercises, family nurturing time, and activities to promote positive brain development in children birth to 18 years.  Lessons can be delivered in a home-based setting, group-based setting, or combination of home and group settings.  Parents and children attend separate groups that meet concurrently designed to build self-awareness, positive concept/self-esteem and build levels of empathy; teach alternatives to hitting and yelling; enhance family communication and awareness of needs; replace abusive behaviors with nurturing behaviors; promote healthy physical and emotional development; and teach appropriate role and developmental expectations.

 

 Family Wraparound-

What is High-Fidelity Wraparound?
Wraparound is a process that assists youth with high-risk emotional disturbances, their family, therapists and others to create an individualized goal-directed network of care. This network develops and encourages the family's use of natural supports (e.g., pastor, neighbor, relative) and informal supports (e.g., job manager, recreation coach), all the while decreasing the family's dependence on formal supports (e.g., probation officer, child welfare case manager.)

Why do High-Fidelity Wraparound?
Research suggests that high-risk youth with emotional disturbances do better when a natural and informal support system works along with therapy. High-Fidelity is simply the faithful recreation of the original sound, which means our job is to faithfully execute the original family-driven model.

How do we do Wraparound?
The network of care is actually a Wraparound Team which consists of anyone the family decides. FAOGA automatically provides one team member at no cost to the family. The Family Support Partner who advocates for the family. This team member will collaborate with a Care Coordinator from one of the four CME who will assist the family in coordinating and planning services. All other team members are selected by the family. These team members meet at the youth and family's request, and implement strength-based action plans.

How long are a youth and family in Wraparound?
The national model suggests good outcomes from Wraparound at 18 months, but a youth and family may transition out before that time.

Who pays for this service?
FAOGA has received funds to promote and pilot the Wraparound process. In addition, youth who are authorized for community base services may receive additional services through a federal demonstration waiver known as CBAY (Community Based Alternatives for Youth.)

Wraparound -Unskilled- designed to support community involvement and increase independence through increased social skills, problem-solving skills, coping skills, life skills.

 

 

Areas we serve:

We serves Region 1- Haralson, Paulding, Douglas, Cobb
Region 3- Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Clayton
Region 6- Carroll, Heard, Coweta, Troup, Randolph, Muscogee

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