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INTENSIVE FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES

 

ASSESSMENT  |  COUNSELLING  |  CONSULTANCY  |  TRAINING

WHO WE ARE

Connecting Families is a private care and protection consultancy operating since July 2004. All of the practitioners are qualified Social Workers  or therapists with extensive experience in working with complex family issues. Connecting Families’ Social Workers and therapists work from a child-focused, family centred, strengths-based and safety-organised approach. As such, this work features several core elements:

 

  • Privileging the voice of the child and family members as experts in their own lives, with untapped resources that can be drawn upon

 

  • Viewing the child in the context of their family and the family in the context of their history, community and culture

 

  • Working from a stance of enquiry and uncertainty, using a respectful, non-blaming approach

 

  • Believing that constructive working relationships between professionals and family members, and between professionals themselves, are the core of effective care and protection practice

 

  • Working with the family in a collaboration that searches for strengths and solutions, whilst never losing sight of the risk to the child.

 

Connecting Families’ practice draws from the solution-focused family therapy approaches of Signs of Safety, Partnering for Safety, Resolutions and Narrative Therapy and is grounded in the knowledge base of complex trauma and children’s developmental needs.

 

Connecting Families practitioners are committed to ongoing professional development and reflective practices. They have monthly team supervision with Sonja Parker, from Partnering for Safety in WA.

 

Connecting Families are dedicated to the work and staying current with evidence based modalities and therapies.

 

TESTIMONIALS

“I have the enormous privilege of providing monthly consultation to the Connecting Families team, who are an extraordinary group of practitioners in South Australia. They provide specialist intensive family preservation and reunification services to families and care greatly about making a difference for children and families. The Connecting Families team are committed to continuing to grow and develop their skills and knowledge, so that they are able to bring the best of support and intervention to families. It is a joy to work with them!”

 

- Sonja Parker, Partnering for Safety approach.

 

 

“It was useful to be able to have someone to support me and back me up with my decisions, choices and changes. It was good to be able to help me access things/places to achieve my goal.”

 

“They are on your side! They want you to have your children back, you just need to be willing and wanting to do the work. Accept their advice and use it to your advantage. Remember you are not changing for them, you are changing for your children!”

 

- Laura W

 

 

“The thing I found most useful about having Connecting Families involved with my family were having someone take the time to listen to me and then respond with useful and well thought out suggestions”.

 

“For anyone considering working with Connecting Families, I would like you to know that my experience with them was very good. Connecting Families will work hard to help your family."

 

- JB

 

 

"I would highly recommend Connecting Families to anyone that has the opportunity to use them. When I had to deal with them, I found the worker to be a professional, non-judgemental and allowed me to have a voice and be heard. I would say, if I didn’t have the opportunity to deal with this organisation, I would have taken a lot longer to be reconciled with my children."

 

- Kat

 

 

“What was helpful? The trust we had with our worker - the way everything was handled, very professionally but with empathy for us and understanding the situation we were in. Our worker treated us like we were humans, not child abusers. This built a relationship of trust. This meant a lot because we didn't trust DCP. Connecting Families was on the other side working with them but working for us. The whole thing was useful. It taught us about parenting. Our worker gave us tips about how to deal with situations. We had more knowledge about the situation we were in and how to deal with it, what had been going on and the things we hadn't noticed before. When we were able to understand we could then make sure it never happened again [the child being injured].

 

Connecting Families made a huge difference to the outcome- the process was made a lot quicker. Without them we wouldn't have gotten anywhere, or it would have taken a lot longer. We felt a lot more confident about ourselves at the end of the process. Everyone in the family loved working with our worker. She was bloody amazing in every way possible! We can’t put into words how much you have done for us”. “If you want to get somewhere you need to open up and talk about it. Be able to trust, and to talk about what happened. Be willing to do it, to work to get your child back.”

 

- CM & KW

 

 

“It was useful having an advocate for us, working with us with DCP. Matters were dealt with a lot quicker. Before that we felt like there was a hold up and there was no progress. Our worker took the time to help us with our relapse prevention plan. She didn't judge us or talk down to us. She would tell it like it was; she was open and honest and straight to the point. She worked out what we needed to work on and what we didn't need to work on anymore. She explained things in a way that we could understand it. She gave us hope and confidence that the kids would come home and reassured us that we were on the right path. She took us for the people that we were, rather than the people in the paperwork. Because she didn't judge us we then thought that others wouldn't judge us too. We're not ashamed anymore. We have been there, done that, and conquered it. We are proud of ourselves now. We can't thank our worker enough”.

 

“Be honest and up front about what has been going on, because if you have communication you get somewhere. We were wary at first, but by being up front it all worked out. Think positively; keep communicating, and you will get the help you need”.

 

- Christina & Trevor

 

“They were able to help me understand and make sense of how trauma effects behaviour. They were incredibly supportive. My little one I care for won't talk about his experiences. Our worker could tell from the pictures he drew and from reactions that he was a traumatised little boy who needed significant therapeutic care immediately”.

 

“Our worker has the child's best interest at heart and is about ensuring the child is kept safe. It felt like she'd stop at nothing to help our little boy. She made us feel like we are all that mattered, and our boy was her main priority”.

 

- Robyn

 

 

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