About This Program
Families Together, a program of Providence Children’s Museum (PCM), was created in 1992 in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). The program provides therapeutic visits for children aged 1 to 11 throughout Rhode Island with their parents. These families must have been separated by court order due to abuse or neglect and referred to the program by their DCYF caseworker. These participant families consist of children and their parent or parents, and in some cases extended family members. The family makes a series of visits to the museum, where, under the guidance of the program’s family therapists, they play and learn together. The families visit PCM weekly or bi-weekly for 3 to 6 months; some continue for as long as a year. Families Together program assistants provide transportation. Guided by one of the family therapists, families engage in healthy play activities and communication necessary for successful reunification. Visiting in this environment gives parents hands-on experience and immediate feedback as they master parenting skills.
Goals of Families Together:
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Target Population: Families separated by court order and involved in the state's child welfare system.
For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17
- Name: Heidi Brinig, MA
- Agency/Affiliation: Providence Children's Museum
- Department: Families Together
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: (401) 273-5437 x131
- Fax: (401) 273-1004
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2012
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2007
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2007