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Mother Reunited With Son
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Anna struggled with substance abuse. Reports of struggles with drugs and alcohol and the negative effects they were having on her son were received by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). When she arrived at her son’s school intoxicated, the Department of Children and Families removed her son and referred Anna to Child & Family Agency’s Intensive Family Preservation (IFP) program.
The IFP program aims to prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement of children entangled with DCF. An IFP Community Worker works closely with families to identify difficulties and strengths and to set goals for improving functioning in the home.
Child & Family Agency’s IFP program assisted Anna many ways. It provided support as she completed a substance abuse program where she learned coping skills for navigating stress instead of turning to drugs and alcohol. The IFP worker helped Anna create a safety plan in case of relapse. Together, Anna and the IFP worker established a healthy routine for her son and charted a strategy for his supervision.
In addition to parenting and substance abuse struggles, Anna was unemployed and wanted to find a job but knew not how to begin. The IFP worker assisted her with a resume and cover letter and reviewed questions that might come up during interviews. Anna engaged in journaling and role playing to become familiar with the interview process. She was invited to three interviews and received positive feedback from them all! Without the skill-building exercises and emotional support she received from IFP, she likely would not have entered the interviews with confidence. Shortly before the case was closed, Anna was offered a job.
DCF decided early to close Anna’s case because of her rapid progress. She continues to thrive, and DCF is no longer concerned for her son’s safety. The IFP program supported this family’s innate strengths and fostered real growth in Anna.
Once reunified, Anna’s son said “I’m just happy to be back and to get on with our lives.”
*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.