C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support)

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Scientific Rating:
3
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs.

Target Population: Families at high risk for abuse or neglect with children aged 0-17 or a primary caregiver or caregivers of at least one child under the age of 18 whom is at risk for abuse, neglect, or abandonment and their family

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

C.A.R.E.S. is a community-based prevention and diversion program utilizing Wraparound Family Team Conferencing to successfully engage and serve families who are at risk of child abuse and neglect. C.A.R.E.S.' mission is to “Protect Children, Strengthen Families and Change Lives, Whatever it Takes!” C.A.R.E.S.’ goal is to engage and build upon families’ strengths using the Wraparound Principles of practice to prevent families from entering or penetrating deeper into the formal child welfare and/or juvenile justice system. C.A.R.E.S. engages the family, identifies strengths and needs, convenes customized Family Team Meetings inclusive of natural and community supports, and drafts an individualized and well-coordinated plan of care to improve family functioning, reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect with a focus on family strengthening and measurable goals and outcomes that result in family stabilization and preservation.

Program Goals:

The goals of the C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support) program are:

  • Engage and build upon families’ strengths using the Wraparound Principles of practice to prevent families from entering or penetrating deeper into the formal child welfare and/or juvenile justice system
  • Reduce child abuse and neglect and future incidences of child abuse and neglect
  • Enhance child safety and improve parenting skills
  • Enhance family functioning across life domains by reducing risks and building protective factors
  • Decrease substance use and maintain sobriety
  • Promote family strengthening, stabilization, and preservation while maintaining children safely at home, in their schools, and local community in the least restrictive environment possible
  • Improve and strengthen family relationships through supportive, stable, and nurturing parent child communication
  • Increase parents’ use of positive parenting strategies in managing children and youth’s behavior
  • Increase social connections to improve social well-being, decrease isolation, and provide concrete support in times of need to help sustain the family beyond exit from the program
  • Promote family self- sufficiency by teaching necessary skills to navigate complex systems, and proactively seek help and support in time of need

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Patricia Nellius-Guthrie
Agency/Affiliation: Brevard Family Partnership/National Center for Innovation and Excellence
Website: ncfie.net/cares-replication
Email:
Phone: (321) 752-4650 x3002
Fax: (321) 752-7651

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2016