The Division of Children, Adolescents and Their Families partners with other child serving agencies to expand and enhance the system of care that is available to the children and families of South Carolina. Thus, we have formed inter-agency initiatives across the state in an on going effort to meet the needs of our shared populations, therefore, improving the quality of life for the children, adolescents and families that we are privileged to serve.

This service exists to aid individuals and families at various stages of the adoption process. Individuals may be served during the pre-adoptive, adoptive and post adoptive phases of the adoption process. A mental health professional is out stationed in the DSS Adoption Office. The purpose of the initiative is to provide supportive services to families in an effort to increase the likelihood of adoption consummation.

This service exists to provide support and assistance to children in the foster care system. The purpose of this initiative is to promote family reunification, minimize the length of time a child spends in foster care and, ultimately, reduce the number of children entering the foster care system. Mental health professionals are out stationed at local DSS offices in an effort to provide support and consultation to DSS workers regarding issues relative to foster children. Service provision is not office-based or traditional. Mental health professionals provide home and school visits. They facilitate referrals from child welfare workers to child mental health when appropriate.

FFT combines a family systems view of family functioning (which asserts that unhealthy family interactions underlie problem behaviors) with behavioral techniques to improve communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and parenting skills. Principal treatment strategies include (1) engaging families in the treatment process and enhancing their motivation for change and (2) modifying family members’ behavior using CM techniques, communication and problem solving, behavioral contracts, and other methods. 62

MDFT is a comprehensive family- and community-based treatment for substance-abusing adolescents and those at high risk for behavior problems such as conduct disorder and delinquency. The aim is to foster family competency and collaboration with other systems like school or juvenile justice. Sessions may take place in a variety of locations, including in the home, at a clinic, at school, at family court, or in other community locations. MDFT has been shown to be effective even with more severe substance use disorders and can facilitate the reintegration of substance abusing juvenile detainees into the community. 63

NIDA. (2014, January 14). Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide

The Division of Children, Adolescents and Their Families partners with other child serving agencies to expand and enhance the system of care that is available to the children and families of South Carolina. Thus, we have formed inter-agency initiatives across the state in an on going effort to meet the needs of our shared populations, therefore, improving the quality of life for the children, adolescents and families that we are privileged to serve.

This service exists to aid individuals and families at various stages of the adoption process. Individuals may be served during the pre-adoptive, adoptive and post adoptive phases of the adoption process. A mental health professional is out stationed in the DSS Adoption Office. The purpose of the initiative is to provide supportive services to families in an effort to increase the likelihood of adoption consummation.

This service exists to provide support and assistance to children in the foster care system. The purpose of this initiative is to promote family reunification, minimize the length of time a child spends in foster care and, ultimately, reduce the number of children entering the foster care system. Mental health professionals are out stationed at local DSS offices in an effort to provide support and consultation to DSS workers regarding issues relative to foster children. Service provision is not office-based or traditional. Mental health professionals provide home and school visits. They facilitate referrals from child welfare workers to child mental health when appropriate.

FFT combines a family systems view of family functioning (which asserts that unhealthy family interactions underlie problem behaviors) with behavioral techniques to improve communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and parenting skills. Principal treatment strategies include (1) engaging families in the treatment process and enhancing their motivation for change and (2) modifying family members’ behavior using CM techniques, communication and problem solving, behavioral contracts, and other methods. 62

MDFT is a comprehensive family- and community-based treatment for substance-abusing adolescents and those at high risk for behavior problems such as conduct disorder and delinquency. The aim is to foster family competency and collaboration with other systems like school or juvenile justice. Sessions may take place in a variety of locations, including in the home, at a clinic, at school, at family court, or in other community locations. MDFT has been shown to be effective even with more severe substance use disorders and can facilitate the reintegration of substance abusing juvenile detainees into the community. 63

NIDA. (2014, January 14). Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide

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The Division of Children, Adolescents and Their Families partners with other child serving agencies to expand and enhance the system of care that is available to the children and families of South Carolina. Thus, we have formed inter-agency initiatives across the state in an on going effort to meet the needs of our shared populations, therefore, improving the quality of life for the children, adolescents and families that we are privileged to serve.

This service exists to aid individuals and families at various stages of the adoption process. Individuals may be served during the pre-adoptive, adoptive and post adoptive phases of the adoption process. A mental health professional is out stationed in the DSS Adoption Office. The purpose of the initiative is to provide supportive services to families in an effort to increase the likelihood of adoption consummation.

This service exists to provide support and assistance to children in the foster care system. The purpose of this initiative is to promote family reunification, minimize the length of time a child spends in foster care and, ultimately, reduce the number of children entering the foster care system. Mental health professionals are out stationed at local DSS offices in an effort to provide support and consultation to DSS workers regarding issues relative to foster children. Service provision is not office-based or traditional. Mental health professionals provide home and school visits. They facilitate referrals from child welfare workers to child mental health when appropriate.

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