Family & Children’s Services
Promoting Child Safety and Family Engagement
May 1, 2020
For nearly a century, Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) has been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. F&CS provides two intensive home-based service programs to children and families that are involved in OKDHS child protection services. These services are designed to address the complicated risks associated with child abuse, such as untreated caregiver mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse, generational abuse, poverty and past trauma experiences. As a Comprehensive-Home Based Services (CHBS) provider for over 25 years, F&CS has seen the program succeed in helping families, lower the likelihood for recidivism and strengthen child and parent relationships while ensuring safety. Additionally, Intensive Safety Services (ISS), is provided through a OKDHS Child Welfare contract. These services were created to prevent children from being removed from their homes by providing therapists to work intensively in the homes with the caregivers to address mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, trauma and other parenting practices that put children at risk of removal and placement in DHS Child Welfare. This project will allow for the purchase of iPads with hotspot capability to loan to families without the technology facilitate participation in virtual CHBS and ISS services in addition to DHS workers, attorneys, CASA and other providers critical to their ability to make meaningful change within rural counties, including Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Washington, Pittsburg, Muskogee, Cherokee and Adair.