East Bay Family Preservation Program
In response to the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place order (extended through May 31st, 2020) for the six Bay Area counties, the Eastbay Family Preservation Programs, including Growing Up Strong (GUS) and Family Reclaim, are continuing to serve our families in a safe, no-contact manner. You can find more information on our Updates Page.
What is Family Reclaim (FR)?
We know that raising children brings joys as well as challenges. Many families experience stresses that result in their inability to provide the best care for their children. The Family Preservation Program provides a services called Family Reclaim (FR), a home-based program that offers services to help children and their families thrive. The Family Reclaim program seeks to expand families’ awareness, reduce stressors, and build upon strengths in order to keep children and their families safe and healthy.
- All Family Reclaim services are free, confidential and voluntary.
- Services are available in English and Spanish, and can be provided in other languages through interpretation services.
How does Family Reclaim work with families?
Family Reclaim social workers and the families form a partnership to assess the families’ strengths and needs. They focus on child development while using a very family centered approach. Together they create a written plan of action, known as the Family Care Plan, which lists the steps that will be taken to achieve the goals that are jointly developed with each family.
Family Reclaim social workers work intensively with families in their homes by visiting the families each week. This allows families to have on-going support and to devote more time and energy to their families and their children.
What kinds of things are addressed?
Some areas that the social workers may help the families address and make referrals to include:
- child growth and development
- child behavior
- education and literacy
- parenting methods
- language barriers
- access to healthcare
- depression or other health concerns
- social supports
- referrals for alcohol and/or substance abuse
- child abuse or neglect
- family violence
- marital or relationship challenges
- assistance with resume/job preparation
How can families participate in the program?
Referrals are welcome from community partners in Northern Alameda county. Please contact Program Director Dr. Dayo M. Diggs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.