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Child and Family Guidance
In-Home Counseling
This program provides focused support for children and adolescents, age 5-18, at risk of removal from their homes and communities due to serious emotional and behavioral problems, or those being reintegrated to their homes. This is accomplished through systemic solution- focused interventions designed to enhance competence and ignite courage in those we serve. Child and Family Guidance (CFG) staff strive to achieve second order changes, creating systemic shifts necessary for children and families to experience new ways of behaving and communicating, and by doing so, move towards what they truly want. Recognizing that behaviors are merely strategies for getting needs met, staff are able to redirect maladaptive defeating behaviors into positive channels for growth.

Services begin with a comprehensive assessment process designed to highlight and leverage strengths and influences inherent in each family's environment.

Treatment services include:

  • Comprehensive Multi-systemic Eco-Systemic Assessment Process - This includes family system, eco-system and individual factors that provide information necessary to develop a treatment plan.
  • Eco-Systemic Intensive In-Home Family Therapy - Solution focused, structural and strategic family therapy to refocus on the multiple systems surrounding children and their families.
  • Twenty-four Hour Emergency Response Crisis Intervention - All services are accessible by pager or cell phone as necessary.
  • Discharge and Follow-Up Services - Discharge summaries with prescribed plans for each child and family along with linkages to relevant community resources are provided as well as an aftercare plan. Outcome follow-up at 6 months and one year post-discharge are provided at no cost to the referring agency.


Licensing and Funding


Child and Family Guidance is licensed by the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse to provide intensive in-home services and day treatment for children and adolescents.

In-Home counseling is funded by Medicaid and FAMIS. Additionally, services may be authorized by the locality's FAPT and funded under the Comprehensive Services Act.

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