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HCRS Awarded Two DCF Grants

HCRS was recently awarded two DCF grants totaling $679,628 to provide the Child and Family Supports (CFS) program in the Brattleboro and Springfield AHS Districts. As of May 1, 2009, HCRS will operate these CFS programs providing supports for children, families, and foster families who are involved or who become involved with the Department for Children and Families (DCF).

HCRS’ CFS Teams, made up of a project coordinator, clinicians, case managers, and facilitators, will work with individuals and families referred to this program by DCF. HCRS’ CFS staff will screen new entrants into custody, assist with the establishment of family connections, and will provide 24/7 in-home family support including coaching, case care coordination, crisis intervention, and community skills work. These activities will allow the CFS program to increase a child’s connections to family and the community, decrease unplanned changes in placement, and support the transition of children from residential to family-based settings, thereby supporting the overall well-being of these children and their families.