Whitington Homes and Services for Children and Families is a social services, not-for-profit agency, committed to providing the highest quality of care for children who have experienced homelessness, abuse, neglect, delinquency, and abandonment. The children and families are referred to us by the Department of Child Services and the Juvenile Justice System. We are licensed to serve the State of Indiana. Our primary service sector is Allen and surrounding counties with an additional focus on Northeast Indiana. In 1995, we located to our present site at 2423 Fairfield Avenue.
Whitington serves children and families in their homes that are at risk or in crisis through our Home Based Family Centered Casework and Therapy Services. Our Case Managers and Therapists go into the homes and support and stabilize the families through therapy, parenting education, abuse recovery, conflict resolution, and other therapeutic strategies. This program takes place in the family?s home and provides a combination of the following kinds of services to families: conflict management, communication skills, anger management, REBT therapy, behavior modification, grief work, and relapse prevention, education, substance abuse, family communication, community referrals, budgeting/money management, etc.
Whitington provides Adoption Home Studies to those families involved in the adoption process. We provide a home study that documents that the home (structurally, emotionally, etc.) is suitable for an adoptive placement.
Whitington provides services to the Community Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (CA-PRTF). This program provides services for children and youth with serious emotional problems that allows families to receive extra help in their homes instead of having them admitted to a psychiatric residential treatment facility.
Our Visitation Facilitation program is provided between parents/children/siblings and/or others who have been separated. Visitation allows the child an opportunity to reconnect and reestablish the relationship in a safe environment. Whitington?s Homemaker/Parent Aid program provides assistance and support for parents who are unable to appropriately fulfill parenting and/or homemaking functions. Our staff assists the family through advocating, teaching, demonstrating, monitoring, and/or role modeling new, appropriate skills for coping and building self-sufficiency.
Along with the above services, we are now moving into a core area called Play Therapy. There is a desperate need in our community to address the needs of children who have endured trauma in the form of physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and multiple levels of neglect. Play therapy is a valuable tool and can be performed with children of any age thru adulthood. Play is a natural form of communication and allows children and adults alike to express traumatic events that may have occurred pre-verbally. Play therapy uses two methods of interaction directive and non directive play. Play therapy can be used to address a multitude of behaviors including but not limited to aggressive acting out behaviors, withdrawn self-destructive behaviors, grief and loss issues, hearing impairment, difficulties with self-concept and self-esteem, trauma, speech difficulties, autism, aggression and chronic illness.