Child Placement Agency – Foster and Group Homes

Providing foster and group homes with therapeutic services for children and youth, birth to twenty-one years old, to assist in family reunification and youth emancipation. Savio House will recruit, train, certify and supervise family group and foster care homes. The Child Placement Agency service is used as a direct placement or a step down transition from residential services.

Child Placement Agency Objectives are:

  • Provide for the health, safety, and permanency of children
  • Advocate for children throughout placement
  • Prepare children for reunification, adoption, independent living, or another permanent placement
  • Prevent further abuse and neglect
  • Provide support and training for caregivers throughout placement and reunification

Program Philosophies

The Savio CPA program uses a Client-Centered/Humanistic Approach, which focuses on starting on the client’s level, and working on mutually agreed upon goals. The basic philosophy is to design individualized treatment to fit the client, rather than using a standardized treatment plan. Efforts are made to help the child understand and accept his/her current living situation and the relationships that are available there, which leads to the establishment and maintenance of quality relationships with significant adults. Caseworkers, foster parents, guardians, child (when appropriate) and other significant parties are included in decision making and are full participants in planning and service delivery. This philosophy includes the following beliefs:

  • Foster parents and identified caregivers are collaborators with all parties working for change and the ultimate goal of reunification or emancipation.
  • Each child is encouraged to maintain contact with identified caregivers and kin and receives support in making arrangements according to the case plan.
  • Service providers will maintain a respectful, non-blaming attitude.
  • There shall be continuous, positive support for the child, foster parents, and identified caregivers.
  • A pro-active approach will be used in working through difficult issues that occur while the child is in care.

The key elements of the child placement program are service integration, case and system management, early identification and intervention, advocacy and sensitivity to individual differences.

Therapeutic Interventions

Case managers and foster parents or group home staff work together with clients and their treatment teams and identified caregivers to develop base of immediate, attainable steps. Clients are introduced to and taught to use community resources which will provide lifetime support. Clients are helped to learn to communicate appropriately, solve problems effectively and evolve from dependency to self-sufficiency. Case managers work closely with the CPA Coordinator to identify what is needed to support each client towards reaching their treatment goals, and are given latitude to be flexible in their roles and to engage in a wide variety of activities to meet each client’s specific needs.

Behavior Modification

Foster parents are trained in behavior modification techniques to promote healthy and productive behaviors of youth while in placement. All interventions are strength-based techniques and are applied in a caring and humane manner.

Counseling Services

Individual counseling, family counseling, visitation/supervision, and all other interventions related to treatment are discussed during initial assessment with the referral representative. A determination will be made whether therapeutic service will be obtained through Savio counseling resources or contracted by referral source through an outside resource.

Educational Support

Educational support includes the following types of services:

  • Identify academic levels and educational needs
  • Facilitate the enrollment process by assisting in obtaining educational records, establishing transportation and serving as a liaison between the school and caregivers
  • Provide monitoring of school attendance, progress, and grades
  • Empower identified caregivers in the educational process to administer appropriate consequences and rewards

Community Resources

CPA Case Managers facilitate the connection to and utilization of community resources including but not limited to:

  • Job placement and training for foster children
  • Food and clothing
  • Health care
  • Respite care
  • Legal assistance
  • Recreation
  • Educational organizations
  • Government offices
  • Banks
  • Mental Health Services
  • Medication Management Services
  • Community Service and volunteer opportunities

Crisis Intervention

Savio’s CPA provides families with 24-hour, 7-day-a-week crisis intervention through the use of an emergency cell phone. The on-call worker will support and provide intervention. In the event of a crisis, the information is communicated promptly to all team members.

For more information contact: Rebecca Carpenter, Child Placement Agency Coordinator, 720-530-6071