Youth and Family Engagement | Youth and Family Advocacy Resources

Listening to families talk about what they need and what they are concerned about is a key component to Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT).

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Some of the priorities in helping parents and caregivers of at-risk youth include:

– Encouraging parents’ natural ability to speak up for their children and families.

– Educating parents on system acronyms, processes,their rights as parents and the rights of their children.

– Attending meetings such asschool, court hearings, case reviews, and team meetings.

– Helping parents share information with professionals that only parents can provide from living with, and relating to, their children.

– Being there for parents so they do not feel alone when facing difficult times with their children

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Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Families and Children | June 2017

Among the resources Ohio provides for parents dealing with at-risk youth is the Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF), a partnership of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families.  OFCF’s vision is for every child and family to thrive and succeed within healthy communities. Families have the right to be informed and invited to all FCFC family team service coordination meetings. Families also have the right to initiate a family team service coordination meeting, and can invite any advocate or support person.

Related Links from Ohio Family and Children First
Family Engagement Research | Family Engagement Self AssessmentFCFC Family Representation | OFCF Family Engagement Initiative | Red Treehouse | Quick Links for Parents is presented by The Center for Innovative Practices | Part of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention
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