Positive Youth Development

Many New Bedford area youth, especially those living in poverty, face an uphill struggle toward becoming healthy, educated, responsible, self-sustaining adults. In our work with youth, our job is to awaken a sense of possibility and opportunity and help them take action steps toward achieving the new personal, educational, and vocational goals they have set for themselves.

Parents and volunteers are welcomed to come share their gifts and talents with us.

Supervised Family Visitation

Provides a safe, neutral, supervised, child-oriented setting where parents with children in foster care or who are involved in an active visitation dispute can visit with and strengthen their relationships with their children. Professional staff promote children's sense of safety, security, and hope and, at the same time, acknowledge and affirm parents' desires to strengthen ties with their children. Member of the Supervised Visitation Network.

Family Actualization, Support, and Empowerment (FASE)

Based on the 10 principles of the wraparound approach, FASE provides mentoring, advocacy, and individualized support that meet youth and families "where they are at" to:

  • Keep families together, where youth in intact families are at risk of out-of-home placement
  • Stabilize foster placements of youth removed from their home due to abuse, neglect, or dangerous conditions and, where possible, return them to their family
  • Connect families with community resources
  • Increase youth involvement and success in school

10 Principles of the Wraparound Process

    wraparound initiative
  • Family Voice and Choice
  • Team-Based
  • Natural Supports
  • Collaboration
  • Community-Based
  • Culturally Competent
  • Individualized
  • Strengths-Based
  • Persistence
  • Outcome-Based

Kinship Care/Reunification Support Program

Kinship Care/Reunification Support Program offers three components based on family needs and service goals:
1. Rapid Placement of Children with Kin;
2. Intensive Kinship Caregiver/Family Support, including helping kinship caregivers meet basic needs;
3. Rapid Reunification or permanency placement support, providing parenting education and support to the “forever home” identified for the child, including helping birth parents prepare for their child’s return home.

This program is grounded in wraparound, an approach that involves families in developing individualized service plans that engage “natural” supports within the community. Member of the National Wraparound Initiative since 2011.