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CFA’s Intensive Family Preservation Program– Supporting Families to Help them Thrive
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Mitchell was a struggling 16 year old. He had a long history of multiple hospitalizations for mental health issues and suicide attempts. He had one residential treatment stay and attended a clinical day school for several years.
When I met Mitchell, he hadn’t lived with his parents in two years. His mother also had multiple hospitalizations due to her mental health issues and did not have the financial resources to care for Mitchell. His father, Francis, has cerebral palsy and cognitive disabilities. But, during treatment, he was able to restructure his employment to be available for Mitchell when DCF referred them to the IFP (Intensive Family Preservation) program. DCF’s goal was to have the IFP worker assist Francis with his parenting skills and provide much-needed structure for his son.
Both Mitchell and Francis welcomed IFP and the guidance and support the program provided. Francis gained parenting skills and was able to work with the school to re-integrate Mitchell back into the public high school. He also referred Mitchell to CFA’s Child Guidance Clinic (CGC) for further individual treatment. Over time, Francis has developed and implemented effective rules and structure in the home.
Since treatment started, Mitchell says he feels happier and healthier than he ever has. He can speak to the appreciation he has for his father working so hard, even while struggling with significant challenges, to help him. Mitchell now has goals to graduate high school, attend college, and wants to become a mental health and substance abuse counselor.
*At Child and Family Agency we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names, identifying details, and images may have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.