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A therapeutic program to assist families referred by the Department of Children and Families in providing a stable and healthy environment for children from birth to age eighteen.

History

FIRST STEPS was established in 1993 with new funding from the (then) Department of Social Services Family Preservation Services Initiative.

Program Description

The goals of the FIRST STEPS program are to protect children and their families from abuse and neglect, to strengthen positive individual and family functioning and to preserve the integrity and dignity of the family while addressing the developmental needs of the individual members.

FIRST STEPS services families with children from birth to age 18 utilizing the principles and practices of social work, early childhood education and rehabilitation. FIRST STEPS offers parenting and developmental assessments; individual and family counseling; parent skills training and parent support. Concrete assistance is also provided to help families in negotiating, advocating and collaborating with other systems and resources. Psychosocial rehabilitation services are also provided.

FIRST STEPS provides services through the Department of Children and Families Family Networks Program in the Taunton/Attleboro, Arlington and Plymouth areas.

Staff

FIRST STEPS staff consists of a clinical team that includes Masters and Bachelors level social workers with specialties in childhood behavior and development; adolescent issues; substance abuse and mental health concerns.

Eligibility

FIRST STEPS is a closed-contract and referrals are made through the DCF Lead Agencies for families with children/adolescents at risk of neglect, abuse and/or out of home placement; presently in need of parent education to prevent further family instability; presently in need of counseling and case management to foster positive family functioning.

Cost

The FIRST STEPS program is funded by the Department of Children and Families.

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