Forefront/Life Skills Program

Helping Families Thrive

The Forefront/Life Skills Program is based on the belief that long-term stability for children and youth are nurtured by a solid sense of identity from being raised in one’s own family.  It values the family’s ability to make informed choices and determine its own course of treatment.  Capacity for change lies within the family.  While recognizing the individuality of each member of the family, the focus is on the family as a unit.  The goal of all services is to empower families and youth to create solutions in the resolution of their problems.  The Forefront/Life Skills Program is designed to prevent out-of-home placement of children and adolescents, to decrease acting out behaviors in the community, and to reduce family dysfunction.  It is also designed to help families reunify successfully when youth is transiting from an out-of-home placement.

Our Process

When a referral is made, a two-week Initial Assessment evaluates the youth’s and family’s strengths, identifies areas of vulnerability within the family structure, assesses any high-risk behaviors of parent/guardian and youth, and identifies current support systems within their community.

Following the two-week assessment period, a Goal Plan is developed outlining strategies for the youth to experience academic achievement, structured community activities/work, and positive adjustment at home.  Parents/guardians are involved in the Goal Plan through participation in interventions to support the youth’s positive adjustment.  The unique feature of Forefront’s 4-6 month program is its ability to empower the family to achieve their goals.  Services occur in the school, family home, community.  This model of service delivery provides a high comfort level, increasing the family’s likelihood of experimenting with new behaviors to expand choices.

There For You Every Step Of The Way

Case management services include documentation of the Initial Assessment, Family Goal Plan, Goal Plan Reviews, and Discharge Summary, focus on plans for the continuation of care early on to optimize outcomes, the connection of family to emergency support/crisis intervention services, facilitation of interagency meetings, ongoing contact with referral source and, as needed, meetings with school officials, social service agencies, or community support groups to assist families in obtaining services to address identified needs.

A Trusted Partner

Counseling (Life Skills and Interpersonal Issues) services include structured family meetings conducted by the Life Skills Clinical Counselor in the family’s home to address areas needing improvement (i.e. establishing household rules, consequences/incentives, conflict management, communication skills, structuring family time, stress reduction, decision-making skills, parenting skills, accessing community services, etc.) and individual meetings once a week with the youth at school to facilitate achievement of individual goals.

Have Questions? Need Additional Information?
Please contact Carol Lowe today at  (215) 264-9648.

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