Family-Child Resources and the York County Juvenile Probation Office (JPO) are working together, bringing the Family-Focused Intensive Aftercare program to the York area.
This program will work: (1) to decrease the tendency to lapse into a previous pattern of behavior (e.g. criminal habits), always a major problem with probationers; (2) to increase the possibility of successful completion of probation without violation; and (3) to successfully reintegrate probationers into their home and community.
Family-Focused Intensive Aftercare Program is a customized approach for the juvenile probationer and his/her family.
The program addresses the very significant problem that juvenile probationers in residential facilities often considerably improve their behavior while in the structure of the facility, only to lose their gains once they return to an environment that does not have such a structure.
The goal of the Family-Focused Intensive Aftercare Program is to successfully reintegrate the probationer into the community, utilizing the program to bridge the structure and behaviors gained in residential placement to the probationer’s family, community, and daily life.
A team consisting of a family advocate, a community liaison, and a juvenile probation officer work closely together to identify risks and needs and strategize how to address them. This aftercare team coordinates family sessions with the work being done at the residential facility. The family advocate prepares the family before the youth’s return through sessions that address family structure, boundaries, and communication issues. The probation officer and community liaison work with the youth while he/she is still in placement to ensure reintegration success. This team approach is extremely important, as research has shown that when working with probationers, failure often results if there is a lack of communication and coordinated effort by the various providers. The Family-Focused Intensive Aftercare Program coordinates the resources that the probationer and family need to promote a healthy, pro-social lifestyle.
The goals of this program are to:
•Encourage parents to more readily direct family functioning.
•Set limits, house rules, and consequences.
•Improve parenting skills, family communication, and problem solving.
•Support families to utilize community services and agencies.
•Successfully reintegrate probationers into the community.
If you are interested in learning more about the Family-Focused Intensive Aftercare Program, please call us at (717) 757-1227.
Referrals for this program are generated by the York County Juvenile Probation Office.