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Family Housing Matters

safe and sober housing for families

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Family Housing Matters Program

Children need a safe and stable home. We can help.


Housing Matters.

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”

Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

The Center for Children and Families provide supervised, sober, supportive housing designed to assist families in crisis by improving parenting and family functioning while keeping children safe.

Family separation is a traumatic event. Kids removed from their homes may suffer lasting negative effects. In many cases, if parents are provided with services and support and empowered to change their lives, children can be protected and treated in their homes, with their families.

The Center for Children and Families offers 24-hour supervised, sober, supportive housing for families involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) due to substance abuse issues.

The Family Housing Matters program prevents removal of children and subsequent placement in foster care by allowing children to remain in the care of their mother (or to be more rapidly returned to parental care in cases where children have already been removed) while the whole family participates in treatment.

We also provide in-home supportive services for families, either as they transition back to independence following placement in the 24-hour supervised home or as additional support that allows families to remain safely in their own homes.

We seek to reduce the number of children who experience the trauma of removal from family and to reduce the time children are in out-of-home placement.

Parents who abuse substances are at high risk for child abuse and neglect. Transitional housing alleviates the need for removal or significantly reduces a child’s time in foster care and provides directly for the safety of children.

In working tokeep families together

there are 3 possible success stories:

Prevention of CPS involvement through sound interventions AND parent grows to safely parent child

Our experienced and dedicated team collaborates to prevent removal of children from their homes for placement in foster care, intervenes with appropriate comprehensive treatment and counseling services for the family and advocates for kids placed in the child welfare system.

Reunification of children with birth parent AND parent grows to safely
parent child.

We work to reunify families who have had children removed from their care. Our 24-hour sober, supervised housing program creates an environment for change to help parents and children build resilience and self-sufficiency.

Permanency achieved swiftly for child when parent is not able to safely parent child.

We are dedicated to ensuring that every child has a loving, safe, stable family.

“Few events are more traumatic for children than being removed from their families and entered into the foster care system....
Supportive housing for vulnerable families can break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, homelessness and abuse by providing families with the services they need to stay together.”
source: Keeping Families Together: Nancy Barrand, RWJF
1,828 = number of children living in foster care Montana on May 1, 2012.
More than half of those kids were removed from their homes because of parental substance abuse.
“Stable housing and economic stability are so often at the core of child welfare issues that it is time to take notice.
It is time to recognize the relationship between child health, development and academic achievement and safe, secure housing. It is time to realize that a stable home reduces poverty, promotes children’s educational attainment, and increases parental satisfaction, happiness, and well-being, all of which translate into clear benefits for children.”
source: Scanlon & Page-Adams, 2000
The Center for Children and Families proudly offers the only child-centered, sober, supportive housing in Yellowstone County designed specifically for families involved with Child Protective Services (CPS).
Our long-term supportive, in-home services recognize that recovery is a process, not an event. We know that families often require ongoing support to maintain sobriety. The Center for Children and Families, formerly Second Chance Homes (SCH), has been providing long-term transitional housing and family support services since 2008. As of March 2012, SCH had served sixty-four (64) families (68 adults & 124 children). Substance abuse often leads to child abuse and neglect. In dire circumstances, Child Protective Services must intervene. When they do, we provide safe, supervised, sober housing as an alternative to foster care. Kids can be safe and secure while mom or dad get the help they need.

Melissa Peterson

Coordinator of Housing Services

Email: melissap@forfamilies.org

Bonnie Bear Don’t Walk

Housing Staff Coordinator

Email: bonnieb@forfamilies.org

Esther Timofeyev

Family Care Staff

Email: estert@forfamilies.org

Jessica Hart

Family Care Staff

Email: jessicah@forfamilies.org

Bonnie Sedlacek

Children’s Program Aide

Email: bonnies@forfamilies.org

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