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Family-centered Collaborative Practice

  Family-centered Collaborative Practice is our approach to working with each family and the important people in their life. We practice in a way that shares power, authority, information and resources among providers and family members to create promising futures.   Some of the initiatives we have taken to incorporate this into our work include:
  • Encouraging families to provide suggestions on how to address behavioral issues with their child.
  • Working with children to establish ongoing communication with parents and grandparents.
  • Hosting family nights at our children’s residences.
  • Supporting family involvement in crisis intervention.
  • Surveying families to gauge their level of satisfaction with their child’s progress and treatment.
  • Working with families to establish in-home supports when a child is discharged from a residential treatment program.
  • Assisting parents with implementing behavior plans in the home.
  • Keeping in touch with families of children in our programs to report positive behaviors.
  • Helping parents through difficult transitions with their children.
  • Supporting families in understanding the roots of their children’s behavioral problems.
  • Holding award ceremonies to celebrate the hard work of families.
  • Encouraging parent involvement in activities at community residences and The School at Sweetser.
  • Working with parents to coordinate our rules with the rules children have at home.
  • Encouraging families to be engaged with the decision-making process for their child.
  • Providing space for families to spend quality time together.
  • Helping families obtain the resources they need to maintain relationships with their children.
  • Helping parents and children recognize their successes and progress.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Steve wakes his son, Alex, by 4 a.m., to drive from their home in western Maine to Boston Children's Hospital for Alex's appointment. "We have done this many, many times before," Steve tells me over the telephone. Alex was born with brain damage as a result of a stroke before birth. Now nearly...

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