Families Together

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Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Families Together has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Supervised Visitation Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Families separated by court order and involved in the state's child welfare system

For children/adolescents ages: 1 – 11

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 1 – 11

Brief Description

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.

Program Goals:

The program representative did not provide information about the program’s goals.

Contact Information

Heidi Brinig, MA
Agency/Affiliation: Providence Children's Museum
Department: Families Together
Phone: (401) 273-5437 x131
Fax: (401) 273-1004

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2007