Throughout the Commonwealth, nearly 20 percent of Kentuckians are in poverty, and many struggle to meet basic family needs. In addition, Kentucky residents struggle with mental health issues at a higher rate than the national average and the need for support through case management, mental health, substance use treatment, and crisis intervention is growing at a rapid rate. One of our core values is to support families to keep them safely together, and KVC Kentucky, in partnership with the State of Kentucky, provides Kentuckians with Family Preservation and Reunification services.
What Are Family Preservation and Reunification Services?
Family Preservation and Reunification Services are incredibly successful at safely keeping children with their families and are also very impactful to the communities we are privileged to serve. Family preservation services are designed to help families going through crisis and prevent children from having to enter foster care. Separating children from their family due to safety concerns is a traumatic experience that can have physical and mental health repercussions for years. Oftentimes, children don’t need to be removed from the home when parents are provided with empowering services and support from healthcare professionals.
Types of Preservation Services
Services may include drug treatment, parent training, counseling, or behavior management.
- Education, skill building, and concrete services
This area focuses on improving and empowering parents, often through one-on-one assistance with a therapist or through informal support groups. Focus areas can include financial planning, communication skills, problem-solving skills or conflict management skills.
- Therapeutic services
This can focus on short-term, family-centered services, such as crisis intervention. Long-term services are also available, which can include family counseling, marriage counseling, substance use counseling or mediation.
- Concrete services
Sometimes families struggle maintaining basic needs. To help, family preservation workers can help with housekeeping, transport family members, provide food and financial assistance or connect families with local resources.
For over 22 years, KVC Kentucky has provided an array of services that target the problems that families face. We utilize evidence-based practices that are known to be effective with parenting, mental health and substance use. We positively impact the lives of over 12,000 children and families each year by providing in-home behavioral healthcare and substance use treatment, family preservation and reunification, and much more. KVC Kentucky is committed to strengthening and supporting the well-being and vitality of Kentucky’s children, families and communities through our high-quality, impactful services designed to empower clients by building on their unique strengths.
Recently, KVC Kentucky was awarded contracts for our Family First Prevention and Reunification Services that will increase support to families in the following regions: Southern Bluegrass, Northern Bluegrass, Salt River Trail, Eastern Mountain, Northeastern, and Jefferson.
KVC is looking for energetic, positive and caring professionals to join our team. If you are looking for a rewarding career and compassionate work environment, KVC is the right place for you! We are currently recruiting:
- Case Managers/Social Workers/Family Workers (Bachelor’s in Social Work or Related Field Required)
- Counselors/Therapists (Master’s in Social Work or Other Licensable Field Required)
KVC is a great place to work! A national survey shows that KVC team members are significantly more engaged and satisfied than the average worker due to KVC’s inspiring mission, tremendous flexibility, inclusive culture, and robust compensation and benefits. At KVC, you’ll belong to a close-knit team and feel the deep sense of meaning that comes from providing life-changing help to children and families. You’ll also enjoy great medical and dental insurance, a retirement savings match, paid time off, parental leave, wellness support, and professional growth. Join a values-driven team that is passionate about transforming people’s experience of child welfare and mental health services.