AK Child & Family C.A.R.E.S.
The AK Child & Family C.A.R.E.S program has been developed from the evidence based promising-practice C.A.R.E.S (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support) wrap-around model. CARES, different from our Home-Based services where a single individual (youth) is the identified primary focus of services, is a family-centered, strength-based, and community-driven model of care designed to promote prevention and family preservation, to divert entry of at-risk families and youth into the Child Welfare and/or Juvenile Justice systems, and to enable youth with complex needs to remain at home and in their community. The program’s unique wraparound and Family Team Conferencing approach offers services and support to families experiencing stressors that often result in out of home placement.
Families referred to CARES are typically experiencing some type of family stress and/or isolation. Some may be referred by the Office of Children’s Services after an investigation of reported abuse or neglect; others are referred by family, friends, providers, clergy, teachers or others concerned about the family’s safety and well-being. This short-term (3-6 months or as needed) program supports a family in developing the natural, professional, and community supports and resources that they need for improved stability and overall wellbeing within the family system.