Expanding Services, Sustaining Innovation:
HOME FOR GOOD
CFR has a proven track record of reuniting families quickly and safely. Yet the insidious aspects of poverty remain, making their success fragile at best: a job loss results in homelessness; a medical emergency means a child is left home alone because child care is too expensive; an immigrant family can’t access needed counseling because they lack insurance. All of these can mean children re-enter foster care, and statewide 15% do.
We don’t just want to get children out of foster care; we want to keep them out!
Home for Good is our new initiative to provide families with enhanced services they need to put them on a path to a sustained well-being. Our goal is to reduce the number of children who must enter foster care, and reduce instances of re-entry to care. Until Home for Good, our clients had to access attorneys or professionals in other organizations, who typically lacked knowledge of the child welfare case and often unwittingly undermined the family’s ability to avoid or shorten foster care. Since CFR already assists families with child welfare issues, we hope to quickly react to other issues providing them with a one-stop solution of efficient and effective assistance.
Home for Good will serve our family court clients that fit one of five criteria:
they need targeted housing and civil legal services assistance (often related to public benefits);
they need targeted immigration assistance;
they have a collateral criminal matter that is related to their family court case;
they struggle with a mental health challenge;
or they are experiencing a transition and need more support (such as when children return home after time in foster care).
Our Home for Good team now includes a Housing Attorney Fellow, a Housing Specialist, an Immigration Specialist, two Criminal Defense Attorneys, a Client Coordinator (who works with clients with concurrent criminal and family court cases), and a Senior Home for Good Social Worker dedicated to working with families in transition.
We hope to grow our Home for Good team to include an Immigration Attorney, a Criminal Defense Social Worker, a Social Worker devoted to Mental Health, and a Parent Advocate specifically focusing on families in transition. Read about Michael’s story below- our very first Home for Good client!