In-Family Services could send a Lone Star College Department of Human Services Intern into your home to help you, help your kids.
This much-needed free, pro-bono service designed to help keep placements intact, and also to help parents heal kids from hard places is designed for families who may have little left financially or emotionally to provide for the special needs of the children in their care. Here are some of the situations where in-home parent assistants have helped:
- Too many traumatized or special needs children in a home and only one or two exhausted trauma-savvy or even non-trauma-savvy caregivers
- Overwhelmed moms and dads, new to parenting, who need the wisdom and experience of a seasoned parent to mentor them (like on the job training). See this article that published in Adoption Today regarding a real situation that was helped by an in-home parent assistant: Mom’s Little Helpers
So, if adoptive, foster or even birth parents are feeling overwhelmed by the care-giving responsibilities of special needs children or just children (in general) in their household and think their family could benefit from the help of a therapeutic adult caregiver, read the article above, consider the basic program guidelines below and contact In-Family Services at 979-733-3232 for more information.
- This program is for caregivers who either want to improve their therapeutic parenting skills or who need another pair of adult hands to help them manage, side-by-side with them, the children in their home; it is neither a babysitting nor a respite service.
- Only current clients of In-Family Services may be eligible for the program. Eligibility for the program is determined by intern supervisor, Lucy (Beth) Powell, LCSW.
- Even though there is no cost for the service, the intern will need to be reimbursed by the family for mileage if they do not live in the same town as the family; families must live within an hour’s drive from Conroe, Texas, to qualify for the program.
- Progress notes will be kept and records will be HIPAA and Texas HB 300 compliant. Records could be subject to review by the entities listed in the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices (NOPP)