Family Support Network helps strengthen families’ resilience to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing individualized, professional parenting education and mental health support to families experiencing behavioral challenges.
Family counseling is provided by a licensed, Master’s level therapist in the family’s home or a convenient community location. Weekly, 1 hour sessions last an average of nine months.
Family Support Network believes that:
- With support, stresses that challenge families can be reduced.
- Finances, transportation, and lack of childcare should not stand in the way of access to caring and professional counseling services.
- Parenting can be difficult, but especially when a family has the added stress of a disability, trauma, or a child with challenging behaviors.
Our weekly in-home family therapy services provide:
- Parenting skill-building and support, including specialized parenting support in child behavior management for people living with disabilities or mental health symptoms
- Enhanced family communication
- Help with difficult child behaviors
- Positive discipline techniques
- Stress and anger management skill-building
- Assistance connecting to community supports
Who do we serve?
To be eligible for services, a family must:
- Live in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, or St. Charles County
- Have a child age birth to 13
- Have no open or substantiated cases with the Missouri Children’s Division
Non-English speaking families meeting this criteria may be served depending on the availability of interpreter services or bilingual staff.
A family in St. Louis City or County with a child up to age 18 MAY be eligible for services if they have a qualifying intellectual or developmental disability.
Referral criteria/diagnosis for specialized services for children up to age 18:
Candidates must provide documentation of the following: a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disability, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, learning disability, Down Syndrome, or other developmental disabilities.
Specialized services help with:
- Providing support to parents who have a developmental or intellectual disability to help them be successful caregivers
- Educating siblings and extended family members on how to respond to a child’s unique needs
- Setting up household structure and routine behavior plans to accommodate a child’s needs and preferences
- Support for the unique demands and parenting challenges experienced by families living with disabilities
Refer to Family Support Network:
- Participation in Family Support Network services is voluntary
- To refer a family, please use the referral form below
- Families are welcome to self-refer by contacting us via the contact information listed below
Learn more about Family Support Network services by contacting us to schedule a meeting or presentation.