FTP has a process which has been proven successful in meeting our mission statement, "to preserve families by keeping children in their natural home".
Below is an outline of these processes.
FTP works in teams of two to build and
develop trusting relationships with all family members. Trainers meet with the family in their home. Staff members gather relevant information about family dynamics
and history while emphasizing family strengths, addressing any safety concerns and assessing family needs. FTP works collaboratively with the family, school, and other
agencies or professionals that are involved.
FTP summarizes its assessment findings with
the family and develops mutually agreed upon goals based on identified areas of need. FTP staff provides the family members with parenting education, support and
hands-on, role modeling of effective behavior management techniques.
FTP provides families with in-home education
on lifestyle issues that are having a detrimental effect on parenting needs and family stability. These issues include Alcohol/Drug Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties,
Cognitive Delays/Special Needs, Sexual Abuse/Boundary Issues, Relationships/Co-Dependency/Domestic Violence Themes, Law Violations/Criminal Behaviors, Unemployment,
Homelessness/Sanitation Issues, Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency Themes.
FTP also provides families with education and
role modeling on specific parenting techniques. These techniques/topics include non-physical forms of behavior management; (i.e. Rules/Consequences, Time Outs, Loss of
Privileges, Redirection, Praise, Rewards, Charting, Consistency and Follow Through, Commands vs. Requests, Ignoring, etc.); Safety/Supervision/Childcare Needs; Structure
and Routines (i.e. morning routines, meal times, hygiene routines, homework time, bedtimes, chores/expectations, etc.); Pre-Natal/Infant care; Developmental Stages; Teen
Parenting/Tough Love/Effective Communication Techniques; Budgeting and Independent Living Skills.
The average, direct hours per family; per week
is approximately three hours. There are times when crisis situations may require more involvement and this is provided, as needed.
The average length of time that FTP is involved
with a family is approximately three to eight months; however, this can be adjusted depending on specific family needs.
When parents feel they are better able
to manage their children’s behaviors; the FTP team phases out its services. Referring agencies are also encouraged to offer input as to the optimal timing for ending
FTP provides a number of additional services
within its programmatic process; including thorough documentation (Family Assessments, Training Contracts; Reviews of Efforts/ Progress/Concerns, Recommendations, etc.);
involvement with Supervised Visitations/Collateral Services/Staffings and Teen Mentoring.
Who Benefits from our services?
Find out more how families can benefit from programs offered by Family Training Program.