SERVICES AVAILABLE

EDUCATION CENTER FOR FOSTER CHILDREN

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENT DEVELOPMENT & CONTINUING EDUCATION

ON-SITE MONITORED VISITS

AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE

EDUCATION CENTER FOR FOSTER CHILDREN

COMPUTER RESOURCE AND EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT CENTER

TECHNICAL CENTER 
Our on-site Computer Resource and Educational Enrichment Center in West Covina offers an array of activities and qualified tutors. The lab is goal-oriented to enhance learning and develop positive social skills. Vocational assistance is available in:

• Resume preparation
• Mock interviews with a private phone line to make job-hunting with confidence.

The lab is equipped with Internet and DSL service. Our 8-station computer lab is loaded with educational software and includes:

• High speed internet access 
• Color laser printers
• Copiers
• Color Scanners
• Fax Machine
• Digital Cameras
• Laminator
• Stereo
• DVD Player
• Projector
• Photo printer
• Large screen TV

RESOURCE LIBRARIES
Our library has an array of books available from reading for leisure to medical and vocational dictionaries. Learning videos, parent education, and technical enrichment classes all work together to help our foster children by providing them with the tools to become successful in school and productive adults.

L.A. COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TUTORS
Children are tested using software provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Education. On-site tutors and funding for this program are made available through Title I funds, private and corporate donations. Donations are always welcomed!

"Visit our Computer Resource and Educational Enrichment Center where learning is a fun experience."

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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

OUR MISSION

• The Homes of Hope FFA - Mental Health Program will help children living in foster care, find solutions to the challenges and adjustments they face, and assist children in the discovery oftheir strengths and resiliency, so they may function well within their families and communities.

• The Homes of Hope FFA - Mental Health Program staff will be sensitive to and respectful of all clients, their families, cultures, and languages.

• The Homes of Hope FFA - Mental Health Program will utilize public funding wisely to meet its goals, while following all governmental guidelines and requirements.

• The Homes of Hope FFA - Mental Health Program will provide a pleasant workplace for its staff members, so that they may be creative and effective in their jobs.

• The Homes of Hope FFA - Mental Health Program will provide a pleasant environment for clients in which to receive services.


WE ARE DEDICATED TO:

• Helping clients gain relief from emotional distress, and assisting them in reaching their goals for a happier life.

• Treating clients with respect and according to their rights as clients.

• Providing early intervention and direct treatment to children and families.

• Showing sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences so that all clients will feel understood and respected.

• Encouraging team work and collaboration between staff, clients, foster parents, placement agencies and community support systems.

• Providing child-friendly, client-centered, family focused and individualized services so that children can discover and reach their full potential.


OUR SERVICES  
Homes of Hope FFA - Mental Health Program offers a full array of coordinated services including :

Mental Health Services
• Individual Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Collateral Services

Medication Support Services
• Psychiatric
• Registered Nurse

Case Management Services
• Community Resources
• Aftercare Services

Crisis Intervention

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PLAY THERAPY FACT SHEET

Children are referred for Therapy for numerous reasons, including:

• History of Abuse
• Defiant Behavior
• Abandonment
• Grief and Loss
• Aggressive Behavior
• Depression

When children are in treatment, they give us information in different ways than adults. Prior to the age of 10-12 years, children are not developmentally capable of sitting and telling us their problems, as adults do. Children reveal their problems, struggles, fears and themes through play - often with few sentences, or in indirect ways.

Play Therapists use the following methods to assist children in working through their problems:

• Games
• Art
• Puppets/Dolls
• Material Story Telling
• Sand Tray Play
• Role Playing
• Behavior Modification
• Ball Games

Through a child's view it may appear that "all we do is play," but through the Therapist's lens many discoveries occur in the therapy sessions. In what might seem as just playing, the Therapist skillfully assesses, teaches skills, empowers, and builds self esteem in order to provide a trusting relationship for change to occur by "joining" a child's world. 

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PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS DEVELOPMENT & CONTINUING EDUCATION  

Our mission in the Prospective Foster Parent (PFP) Department is to certify prospective Foster Parents according to the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing division regulations. We provide extensive, yet easy to understand training as well as continuous support through the certification process. In short, our mission is to develop quality foster families in order to pair them with children in need. 


ON-SITE MONITORED VISITS  

It is the hope of almost all children in foster care to be re-unified with their birth family or the family that loved and cared for them in the first few years of life. It is the task of the foster care to help these children and to help prepare the families of these children so they can be reunited in a meaningful and safe way.

Court ordered visitation is a part of the reunification services and is a legal order. Which family members, how often the visits are to happen, where the visits are to take place, and who is to monitor them, is determined legally by a hearing judge and written on a Minute Order.

Homes of Hope offers its premises for on-site monitored visits. If visits are held at the Agency, the Agency will provide a monitor. The Agency staff makes scheduling for all monitored visits. The Agency provides a set of toys, games and videos to ease the stress of the visits and to encourage interaction between the family members.

The Agency has established a set of rules in regards to visits and asks that all visitors, including the birth relatives sign an agreement to abide by those rules. A copy of the Monitored Visitation Rules can be obtained from the Agency. 

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AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE

A new law effective January 1, 2012 allows children to remain in foster care until age 20 based on meeting eligible criteria. To determine basic eligibility, Click the link below:

Form AB-12: Aging out of Foster Care

 

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HOMES OF HOPE FOSTER FAMILY AGENCY

The Doors of Hope open when you unlock your heart and welcome a needy child into your Home of Hope for a brighter tomorrow.