WHITINGTON PROGRAMS: Whitington Homes & Services for Children and Families is a Social Service, Not-For-Profit agency committed to providing the highest quality and most cost effective services to children who are at risk of being homeless, neglected, emotionally abused, and/or sexually abused.
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, ABA therapy, grief work, and relapse prevention, education, substance abuse, family communication, community referrals, budgeting/money management, etc. This is a strengths based service that identifies areas of needs and puts focus on short and long term goals. Services are for multi-problem families. Home based casework is also available on pre-adoption and post-adoption for adoptive families at risk or in crisis.
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. The process requires the following assessments: family member?s composition, financial profile, health, social support resources, parenting style, home environment, training, background checks, and references. Foster Home Studies are also provided.
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. These services include: transportation, training and support for them and others who help take care of the children, consultative clinical and therapeutic services, respite care, flexible funds, habilitation services and wraparound facilitation.
Whitington provides Visitation Facilitation and Homemaker/Parent Aid Services. 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. It is during this time that parents learn and practice new concepts of parenting and to assess their own ability to parent through interaction with the child. 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.
A core area (vision) that we are moving into is 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.