Family Intervention Services
LSG supports and assists children and families by providing services that focus on strengthening families. Family Intervention Services (FIS) is part of LSG’s Continuum of Service model.
Family Intervention Services are offered at the following locations:
Our Atlanta Programs
A+ PARENTS PROGRAM
The A+ Parents Program focuses on strengthening families by providing a continuum of services from parenting education for all parents of young children to more intensive services for families at risk for intervention. Evidenced-based parenting programs are offered for families raising children with typical age appropriate behaviors and children with more severe behavioral issues, developmental delays, and medical needs. For families at risk of coming to the attention of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), the A+ Parenting Program focuses on preventing family issues from escalating to the point of requiring Child Protective Services (CPS) intervention and/or out-of-home placements.
We cater our program to meet the needs of families through training.
- In-home nursing education
- In-home parenting
- Family life skills
Our training includes:
- Co-parenting/healthy marriage/healthy relationship workshops
- Center-based parenting groups
- In-home counseling
SUPERVISED FAMILY VISITATION
Supervised Family Visitation program focuses on families who require quality, structured supervised visits and other family support services to assist with reunifying families whose children have been placed in foster care. The program also provides visitation for siblings who have been separated by being placed in different foster homes.
Supervised Family Visitation occurs at our established visitation centers. The visitation centers provide a home-like, non-threatening, and neutral environment that supports meaningful contact between children and the people in their lives.
POST-REUNIFICATION FOLLOW-UP SERVICES
FIS also collaborates with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) to provide family reunification follow-up services for unaccompanied minors who have recently migrated to the United States.
Our Savannah Programs
SUPERVISED FAMILY VISITATION
The Supervised Family Visitation (SFV) program keeps family connections strong and improves lives of children in our foster care system. The program provides supervised family visitation services along with parent coaching, parenting skill building, transportation, case management including information and referral. Referrals are received through the Department of Children and Family Services and the court system to serve families whose children have been removed from their homes with an aim to maintain strong bonds with biological family and move towards reunification or permanency.
If families are not eligible for the Supervised Family Visitation program, the agency does offer some limited supervised visitation and transportation services on a sliding fee scale determined by income. Please contact the office directly if you need more information.
TRIPLE P - POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM
LSG provides individual and group parenting sessions using the Triple P curriculum in the community, home or in our office. The program serves families whose children are 2-12 years old and focuses on identifying positive strategies for dealing with problematic child behaviors, developing new stress management skills, and discussing child development.
“The Triple P ®—Positive Parenting Program is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent—as well as treat—behavioral and emotional problems in children and teenagers. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school, and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential.” (www.triplep.parenting.net)
GREAT START GEORGIA/HEALTHY FAMILIES
In partnership with Great Start Georgia (GSG), Lutheran Services of Georgia in Savannah offers support services for parents, available from their pregnancy through their child’s first five years. GSG’s First Steps and Healthy Families provide encouragement and education to parents and work to connect them with valuable resources. First Steps and Healthy Families are available at no cost to families who live in either Chatham or Liberty counties, and are completely voluntary.
First Steps works with parents of children under the age of five to help them cope with family stress, to understand child development, and to provide support in multiple areas by connecting them with community resources and supports. First Steps families may be offered additional support and services through Healthy Families, our in-home support program.
Healthy Families offers weekly support to families in the convenience of their own homes around family schedules. Services start either during pregnancy or immediately following birth and can continue until the child is five years old.
Lutheran Services of Georgia offers regular parenting classes which utilize the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum. These groups last for 10 weeks and meet on a weekly basis for 2 hours. Payment is determined on a sliding fee scale determined by income. If you need more information about these classes or any of the programs in Family Intervention Services, please call the office directly.
Additionally, LSG partners with DFCS to offer other additional services:
- Prevention of Out of Home Placement (PUP)
- Home Study Preparation
- Relative Home Evaluations
- Comprehensive Child and Family Assessments (CCFA)
- Wrap Around (WA)
- Parent Aide
We receive referrals from the sources listed below.
- Family Court
- Child Support Enforcement
- Self referral
If you or someone you know is in need of Family Intervention Services, please fill out the referral form here.
Volunteers are a very important part of our Family Intervention Services program. Whether expanding awareness of our program, working directly with families, providing in-kind services, or assisting with the transportation needs of our clients, volunteers have a vital role to play. If you are interested in volunteering, please take a look at our volunteer opportunities or contact us here.
Lutheran Services of Georgia’s Family Intervention Services department receives funding from the Department of Human Services, Promoting Safe and Stable Families, Division of Family and Children Services, LIRS, United Way Coastal Empire, Fulton County Health and Human Services, Georgia State University, and many more which enables us to help families in need.
FIS success is measured by the following outcomes:
1) Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect and safely maintained in their homes whenever possible.
2) Children have permanency and stability in their living situations.
3) Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their children’s needs.