DCF

Dept. of Children & Families

RIS has worked in tandem with Connecticut’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) since its inception in 2010. Our partnership with DCF and the families and communities that utilize our collective services has strengthened our commitment to advancing the health, safety, and learning of all the children it has been our privilege to serve. Together, DCF and RIS are dedicated to identifying and supporting each child’s unique talents while offering myriad opportunities for each individual to “give back” to their communities while simultaneously strengthening their connections to family. To get additional information .

 

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DCF

RIS has worked in tandem with Connecticut’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) since its inception in 2010. Our partnership with DCF and the families and communities that utilize our collective services has strengthened our commitment to advancing the health, safety, and learning of all the children it has been our privilege to serve. Together, DCF and RIS are dedicated to identifying and supporting each child’s unique talents while offering myriad opportunities for each individual to “give back” to their communities while simultaneously strengthening their connections to family.

Programs Offered

 

Co-Parenting Program

The Co-Parenting Program is an 8-week program designed to help each parent adapt to their current situation while keeping their child’s well-being top-of-mind. The instruction supports and guides the challenges each parent faces by strengthening parental interactions while examining the psychological effects on both the child and the parents. The individualized program modules are adaptable to all backgrounds, cultures, and parent-child situations. Confidentiality of shared information is paramount in this program.

Program Highlights:

  • 1-2 hour weekly in-home sessions for 8 weeks: flexibility of administrative session schedule
  • Mediation services conducted in a neutral setting with all parental influences, followed by the creation of an “Outcome Contract” approved by all concerned
  • Multi-lingual staff interaction

This Program is Designed for:
Divorced, Separated, or Unmarried Partners; Teenage Parents; Blended Families; Parents who wish to strengthen basic parenting skills

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program

This program provides effective consultations and treatment services for individuals and families facing issues associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Individualized services include screening and evaluation assessment, individual and group counseling, and workshops designed to address specific critical issues.

Program Highlights:

  • Assessment of individuals with a substance abuse problem or in a crisis situation: family intervention services.
  • Development of a treatment plan, with goals and incremental steps directed at successful outcomes
  • Individual/family/group counseling
  • Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor Staff

This Program is Designed for:

    • Children/Adolescents/Youth exhibiting signs of substance abuse
    • Adults who have a history of substance abuse
    • Families affected by drug/alcohol/substance abuse

Anger Management Program

This 12 week program is designed to help individuals develop personal awareness surrounding their actions of rage, aggression, or hostility, which can produce devastating consequences in their personal and professional lives. RIS’ skilled professional staff works with individuals and their families to identify the impetus for anger and hostile feelings and situations before they are made public. Issues addressed include “Effectively Controlling Feelings of Rage,” “Anger Expressed! What are the Consequences?” and “Anger Management Techniques”
Program Highlights:

      • Objective counselling in a group setting or in individual 1-hour sessions
      • Confidential, comfortable venues that encourage sharing experiences and issues
      • Highly credentialed, sympathetic staff, focused on encouraging honest exchanges

This Program is Designed for:

      • Individuals in need of anger management control
      • Individuals who struggle with moderate to severe levels of aggression

Domestic Violence Offenders Services

DV Brochure
This service includes offender’s assessment and DV offenders group. The assessment consists of a face to face interview(s) with the offender and may include collateral contacts with family members and community providers. This six hour service includes a written report with therapeutic recommendations.
Domestic Violence Offenders Group
This 24-week program is dedicated to de-emphasizing the self-centered goals an offender develops when s/he lashes out at their partner and children for short-term self-gratification and a feeling of “personal power.”
Offenders who want to change their abusive behavior need to accomplish four key initiatives:
(1) They need to be willing to give up ultimate control in their relationships
(2) They need to take total responsibility for their abusive behaviour
(3) They need to cooperate with their partner to resolve disagreements in a mutually respectful manner, and
(4) They need to establish collaborative goals with their partner that reflects collective needs.
The Domestic Violence Offender Group addresses the four initiatives in a collaborative, positive setting that encourages sharing experiences that produce violent reactions in a family environment. RIS provides multi-lingual, male and female facilitators in 90-minute interactive, weekly sessions over 24 weeks.
Program Highlights:

      • Two-phase program: First Stage= 8 sessions: Second Stage = 16 Sessions
      • First Stage: Check In; “Telling My Story”; Education; Check Out
      • Second Stage: Check In; Individual Turns (Relationship History, Goal Setting); Education; Check Out
      • Male/Female/ Multi-lingual Facilitators

This Program is Designed for:
Individuals who recognize the consequences of their behavior as offenders and want to change

Domestic Violence Intimate Partner Program

This program is designed to promote self-understanding and awareness of domestic violence in their lives. Through psycho-education, assessments and self-development techniques, the participants will develop skills in successfully moving on from the trauma of domestic violence in their lives. Even though there are incidents where women have used violence in their intimate relationship; most intimate partner violence takes place where men are the perpetrators and women are the victims. Most women appear to use violence as a way to defend themselves or their children or to get back at their partners for past and ongoing violence. Women typically do not control, intimidate or cause fear in their partner when they use violence.  Therefore, this program is structured based on the premise that women are the victims of domestic violence and therefore can benefit from a program that will help them gain insight on the impact of violence and to overcome the trauma of abuse through self-empowerment.

Program Highlights:

  • Help participants to explore their impact of abuse
  • Examine past and current relationships; learn ways to develop healthy relationships
  • Develop self-empowerment skills to overcome trauma
  • Understand the effects of DV on children
  • Use assessment tools and journalist activities
  • Learn community resources in establishing a safe home environment

This Program is Designed for: 

  • Women who have been victims of domestic violence

Father Engagement Program

This service is designed to meet fathers where they are in establishing a trusting and working relationship with the Department. The goal is to support fathers in becoming involved during DCF intervention and/or while their children are in DCF care. This fatherhood engagement service will equip fathers in establishing healthy approaches in working with DCF on behalf of their children. We want fathers to know that they are critical to the success of their children and to support them in navigating potential barriers keeping them engaged in their children lives. Thus leading to better outcomes on behalf of children.

 

Radiance Innovative Services endeavors to support the Hartford and Manchester offices of DCF to engage fathers that have current involvement with the Department and/or have children in DCF care. On cases in which the DCF worker is unable to contact or engage fathers, the assigned Fatherhood Engagement Specialist will support the DCF worker in engaging fathers in the case planning process. The assigned Fatherhood Engagement Specialist will assist the Department with locating fathers, calling fathers, visiting fathers in their homes or community, providing fathers with psycho-education regarding the benefits of fatherhood involvement, coordinating initial face to face meetings between DCF staff and fathers, encouraging fathers active participation in the Considered Removal/Permanency Teaming process, supporting fathers during ACR attendance and court hearings, increasing father’s involvement with their children’s medical, educational and behavioral health planning, assisting with referring fathers for culturally competent, community based fatherhood specific support services and working to bridge and establish effective relationships between DCF staff and fathers.

 

Program Highlights:

  • Increase fatherhood involvement, leading to long-term positive outcomes for children
  • Establishing healthy relationships between fathers and their children
  • Establishing effective relationships between DCF staff and fathers

This Program is Designed for: 

  • Fathers who have had difficulty engaging in the case planning process

Father-Inclusive Parenting Program


This 12 week program is based on the reality that fathers share equal influence with mothers in the healthy development of a child’s self-esteem, educational achievement, and lifelong social interaction. Five hours per week is dedicated to this intense initiative, with 3 hours of case management and 2 hours of parental education. This interactive program focuses on non-custodial fathers in hard-to-reach societal groups, including low income, inter-racial, and economically disadvantaged families.
Program Highlights:

      • Advocating for a child’s education
      • Drugs, violence and gang influences
      • Developing self-control; Nurturing positive relationships & progressive child development techniques; Developing Positive family “routines”; and Establishing Regular Communication
      • Flexible hours including evening and weekends
      • Monthly Group Activity Assignments
      • Multi-lingual, culturally competent staff administration
      • Interactive 12 week program which consists of 5 hours per week; 2 hours of Parent Education, 2 hours of case management

This Program is Designed for:
Divorced fathers, non-custodial fathers, teen-aged fathers, unmarried fathers.

Juvenile Justice Case Management Services Program

This 12 week program provides services designed to prepare youth to become productive adults in a changing society. Services offered are individually customized, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate. Case managers build a trusting, mutually productive relationship between youth and caretaker, providing support and the required resources the youth needs to stabilize his/her life while focusing on long-term goal achievement.
Program Highlights:

      • Family systems approach to identify strengths and challenges of the individual and each family member
      • Identifies and establishes measurable, achievable goals and family support systems
      • Uses outcome-driven system of measuring success
      • Services link family interaction to evaluation, treatment, educational, health, financial, and other necessary services
      • 5 hours weekly in-person client interaction

This Program is Designed for:

  • Youth returning from a Juvenile Justice facility
  • Youth on probation or parole
  • Youth adjudicated withFamily with Service Needs (FWSN)

24-Hour Crisis Intervention Program

This program is designed to provide counseling services to clients requiring a high level of supervision. RIS staff works closely with the caretaker and the client to develop a plan aimed at re-introducing the client into society as a productive, responsible individual. This program focuses on preserving placement in society while maintaining a safe, productive environment for the client and the community.
Program Highlights:

  • Staff assigned within 24 hours of referral: minimum of 3 hours intervention
  • 24 hour access to RIS staff: Sessions offered at convenience of the client (evenings/weekends)
  • Highly-credentialed staff: experienced with high-risk population
  • Services include one-on-one staff support; establishment of goals; age-appropriate activities

This Program is Designed for:

  • High-risk individuals in need of intense support

Therapeutic Support Staff Program

This mentoring program is designed to address the needs of a child or youth with complex behavioral health challenges: one who has been diagnosed with a moderate to acute functional impairment that interferes with their ability to function in society. RIS provides a therapeutic mentor who works one-on-one with the child/youth to establish a beneficial tutorial relationship based on mutual trust that leads the child/youth to exhibit positive, socially accepted behavior.
Program Highlights:

  • Structured activities consistent with treatment plan goals
  • Highly credentialed, experienced RIS mentors
  • Minimum of 4 hours of service administered in accordance with the client’s schedule (Evenings/Weekends)

This Program is Designed for:

  • Children/Youth with complex behavioral health challenges
  • Children/Youth at risk of entering a residential care treatment facility
  • Children/Youth with moderate to acute functional impairment that interferes with societal interaction

Supportive (Coaching) Supervised Visit Program

Supportive Supervised Visitation is designed to foster a healthy relationship between the parent and child by building on the parent’s strengths and guiding improved parenting. The visit coach primary responsibility is to support families to meet the unique needs of the children as well as manage conflict between adult and children needs. The coach is there to help families learn how the child’s behavior is shaped by the adult’s words, actions, and attitudes.  They use teaching moments of the visit to do demonstrations, which build on parent’s strengths and create new approaches. The coach is actively involved during the visit fostering an environment of empowerment, empathy, responsiveness and active parenting.

 Program Highlights:

  • Conduct Intake; formulate mutually agreed upon goals
  • Pre and Post –visit coaching meetings
  • Concurrently engage in parent education
  • Teaches parent how to tune into their child and create their own unique style of responding and parenting.
  • Coaches build on parent’s strengths and guide improved parenting
  • Allows parent to understand their child’s behavior and how to effectively address it
  • Teaches parent how to be comfortable with engaging their child during visits instead of observing
  • Support parent to use new parenting skills repeatedly to observe and cater to child’s responses

This Program is designed for:

  • Children and parents separated for more than a year due to inadequate parenting
  • Inexperienced or young parents
  • Children separated from their parents multiple times
  • Parents who do not have the skills to care for their children
  • Teen mothers
  • Parents who do not understand the development physically, emotionally and mentally of their child
  • Parents who may need to overcome DV, trauma, mental disabilities
  • Parents that struggle with engaging their child

Support Staff Program

This mentoring program is designed to address the individualized needs of a child or youth who exhibits mild to moderately challenging behavior at home, in school, or in the community. RIS provides a wide range of support systems designed to make the individual introspective and self-evaluate their behavior while encouraging their ability to make positive behavioral choices. RIS’ individualized sessions assist in attaining social and emotional well-being for the youth by connecting with peers in a positive way while reinforcing the self-confidence that comes with realizing success in the classroom.
Program Highlights:

    • Structured activities consistent with treatment plan goals
    • Highly-credentialed, experienced staff
    • Minimum of 5 Hours per week: Services administered at convenience of the client (Evenings/Weekends)

This Program is Designed for:

  • Children/Youth exhibiting mild to moderate challenging behavior
  • Children/Youth beyond age 5 who are currently active with the Dept. of Children & Families residing with their family (biological or foster) or relative caregiver

Temporary Care Services Program

This program provides a short-term intervention, separating a child/youth from the parents/caretakers for several hours to allow the caretakers to attend to the everyday needs of family living without disruption. This service is usually offered in the personal residence of the parents/caretaker, although other arrangements can be made for service administration.
Program Highlights:

    • Same day service: Minimum 4 hours of service: Services administered at convenience of the client (Evenings/Weekends)
    • Services offered at home or another designated locale

This Program is Designed for:
Families/Caretakers needing temporary support

Parent Education Program

This 12-week, skill-based training program is designed to help parents improve their parenting skills through a series of interactive sessions. Parents learn practical ways to encourage positive behavior from their children while learning how to effectively communicate with youngsters and teen-agers, fostering mutual trust. The program focuses on discipline, positive decision-making, child development, establishing healthy relationships, and how to achieve success in the classroom.
Program Highlights:

  • Effective single-parenting
  • Stepfamily Challenges
  • Substance Abuse
  • Self Control, Developing Positive Relationships, Discipline, Child Development, School Success
  • 12 week program offered 2 hours weekly: In-person sessions: Individual or Group
  • Nationally lauded curriculum
  • Culturally astute trainers
  • Services administered at the convenience of the client (Evenings/Weekends)

This Program is Designed for:

  • Parents required to participate in a parent training program
  • Teen mothers
  • Young parents overwhelmed by caring for children

Parents who demonstrate an inability to care for children

Supervised Visitation Program

This program is designed to encourage contact between a child/youth and their biological parents, relatives, and caretakers in a timely manner. RIS representatives monitor this contact (termed a “supervised visitation”) and report the outcome to the supervisory parties and social workers on behaviors observed. “Supervised Visitation” is designed to ensure that a child can experience safe contact with a non-custodial parent without fear of being the catalyst for angry outbursts or violent behavior occurring.
Program Highlights:

    • Provides parents and children with an interactive opportunity in a safe, supervised environment
    • Assists the parent in exercising effective parenting skills
    • Provides regular reports on parent/child interaction
    • LCSW program supervision
    • Convenient service hours – Evenings/Weekends

This Program is Designed for:

  • Parents involved in court-ordered custody disputes
  • DCF cases involving children in remote location placement

Young Mothers Support Services (YMSS)

YMSS is designed for teen and young adult mothers who need support in managing the daily responsibility of parenting. Developed in concert with the Department of Children & Families (DCF), this service combines effective parental training and case management services offered by an experienced social worker who “teaches” the young mother through role-play techniques coupled with a proven, highly effective system management methodology to affectionately and effectively parent her child. YMSS is based on transferring the experienced social worker’s teachings to influence the young mother’s maternal attributes in order to reach desired positive outcomes for all concerned.
Program Highlights:

  • One-on-one meetings with clients, five hours weekly:
  • 2 hours parent education; 3 hours case management services
  • Establishes successful benchmark goals utilizing a positive outcome driven system
  • Assists young mothers in understanding child development stages and developing age appropriate routines
  • Teaches mothers how to navigate educational and social service systems to advocate for family needs
  • User-friendly hours of service delivery (evenings/weekends)
  • Services offered in the home, school, or any community setting where a need has been identified
  • Services include planning and coordination and integration of the multiple services being provided.
  • Services include linking the family to evaluation, treatment, educational, vocational, residential, health, financial, social and any other services required.

This Program is Designed for:

  • Parents with a substance abuse history
  • Teen mothers with minimum support systems
  • Young parents overwhelmed in caring for infants or children

Intensive Family Preservation (IFP)

Intensive Family Preservation is a short-term, intensive, crisis intervention program designed to keep the family together by providing services that help create positive, long-term changes in the home environment. The program is designed to build on family strengths within the context of their cultural community to achieve successful outcomes. The process is flexible and dynamic, and is based on the changing needs of the families served.

Program Highlights:

  • 3 hours of weekly face-to-face contact with family and community providers
  • Initial contact with family within 48 hours of receipt of case
  • 3 month intervention, depending on family needs
  • Services are provided in a culturally competent manner with an understanding of and respect for cultural and ethnic diversity
  • User-friendly hours of service delivery (evenings/weekends)
  • Services include therapeutic intervention, client advocacy, case management and parental training

This Program is Designed for:

  • Families at imminent risk of having children removed from their home
  • Parents faced with multiple challenges and unable to stabilize the home environment
  • Young parents with multiple children and a previous history with DCF
  • Families who have had children removed from their care in the past

Intensive Case Management Program

This 12-week program is designed for families who have difficulty managing their daily obligations as well as meeting their individual and family basic needs. Case workers work one-on-one with clients in offering support and practical resources that the client requires in order to successfully establish and achieve short and long-term goals, stabilize their lives, and re-enter society as healthy, well-adjusted individuals.

Program Highlights:

  • Utilizes a “family systems” approach to identify the strengths and challenges for the individual as well as the impact on family behavior
  • Establishes reasonable, measurable goals using a positive outcome driven system
  • Identifies and establishes support systems
  • In home service available
  • One-on-one interaction with clients five hours weekly for 12 weeks

This Program is Designed for:

  • Families needing intense support to become productive citizens in society
  • Teens transitioning to independent living
  • Young parents overwhelmed caring for children

Intensive Family Reunification Program (IFR)

IFR is a short-term, intensive family-based service designed to reunite families when children are at risk to remain in out-of-home placement for longer than six months. The goal is to prevent foster care drift and multiple foster care placements and provide children with the best permanent placement, their own home, when it can be safely achieved. Radiance deploys a three phase process when providing reunification services: preparatory stage, reunification stage and the after care stage. RIS works closely with DCF and community providers to facilitate the best reunification process for the children and parents.

Program Highlights:

  • 5 hours weekly face to face contact with family and community providersInitial contact with family within 72 hours of receipt of case
  • 2-4 month intervention depending on the needs of the family
  • Coordinates supervised visitation plan
  • Services are provided in a culturally competent manner with understanding of and respect for cultural and ethnic diversity
  • User friendly hours of service delivery (nights/weekends)
  • Services include therapeutic intervention, client advocacy, case management and parenting training

 

This Program is Designed for:

  • Families complying with DCF treatment plan and deemed ready to reunite with children
  • Children at risk of multiple placements and DCF has approved safety plan

Theraputic Supervised Visit Program

Therapeutic Supervised Visitation is a service designed to facilitate safe non-custodial parent/child interaction that strengthens bonds, restores healthy relationships and place an emphasis on strengthening parenting skills. The therapist interacts with the family prior to, during and after the visit to help mend and heal the parent-child relationship and to address historical information introduced by the child. The therapist is actively managing the visit to assure that all communications are in the child’s best interest. This service is often used when there is a strained relationship with one parent or if the parent has unresolved mental health, substance abuse and violence issues.

Program Highlights:

  • To assure the safety of the child while visiting with parent; including redirecting parent or child as needed
  • To address unresolved issues as introduced by child
  • To maintain communication with the parent and child’s therapists as needed
  • To provide parent therapeutic feedback in developing effective parenting skills; pre and post meetings
  • To provide referring agency therapeutic feedback on the quality of the interaction between parent and child
  • Facilitate visit at a convenient location per court or mandated agency approval
  • In conjunction with parent, referring agency and therapists; establish mutually agreed upon goals
  • User Friendly Intake Process
  • Flexible service hours including evenings and weekends

Targeted Population:

  • DCF cases involving parents/children with unresolved mental health needs; substance abuse or domestic violence
  • Complex family systems involving multiple members with mental health and behavioral issues that may impede the quality of the visits
  • High conflict divorce
  • Strained or severed relationship with one parent

Observational Supervised Visitation Program


This program is designed to encourage contact between a child/youth and their biological parents, relatives, and caretakers in a timely manner. RIS representatives monitor this contact (termed a “supervised visitation”) and report the outcome to the supervisory parties and social workers on behaviors observed. “Supervised Visitation” is designed to ensure that a child can experience safe contact with a non-custodial parent without fear of being the catalyst for angry outbursts or violent behavior occurring.
Program Highlights:

  • Provides parents and children with an interactive opportunity in a safe, supervised environment
  • Assists the parent in exercising effective parenting skills
  • Provides regular reports on parent/child interaction
  • LCSW program supervision
  • Convenient service hours – Evenings/Weekends

This Program is Designed for:

  • Parents involved in court-ordered custody disputes
  • DCF cases involving children in remote location placement


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