Lutheran Social Services' Family-Based Services helps families who may be at risk of having a child placed outside the home. LSS Family-Based Services provides an intensive in-home therapy program to strengthen the family unit. The program is designed for at risk families who are referred to LSS by a child service agency. Family-Based Services are available to children ages 5 to 18 and their families.
At LSS, Family-Based Services treats families with respect and highly individualized care. Goals and interventions for treatment are created together by the child, family and a LSS therapist using family strengths as a catalyst for change. The specific goals and interventions used are based on the wants and needs of the family as well as a thorough assessment by the therapist. Individualized treatment may include: cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and numerous family therapy methods.
LSS therapists are trained to use a family-centered approach to help define problems the child or family is experiencing. Some of the most common skills-building goals and techniques are: improve family communication patterns, enhance parenting skills, identify and work with family strengths and weaknesses, enhance problem-solving techniques, increase support systems, improve school and social performance.
Aspects to Family-Based Services
Child/youth (one or more) is in imminent danger of being removed from the home.
Situation where the youth is adjudicated to be a juvenile delinquent or Child In Need of Supervision (CHINS).
Family situation is such that one or more younger siblings are being affected by the behavior and problems of another family member.
Family should have received previous help, or efforts attempted with other types of service.
The program is designed for at risk families who are referred to LSS by a child service agency.