Families Together

Families Together is an innovative child and family development program providing home-based services to families living throughout Santa Cruz County. The primary objective is to reduce the number of re-referrals to Family & Children's Services by improving safety, child development, and family relationships. Families Together is a Differential Response collaborative. For more information about Differential Response, please see the American Humane website at http://www.americanhumane.org/children/programs/differential-response/ Families Together home visitors provide individualized services to at-risk families referred by Family & Children's Services. Participation is voluntary and lasts either six or twelve months depending on the family's risk level. Participants collaborate in the formation of goals and are presented with opportunities to learn about parenting, child development, and parent-child attachment. Home visitors support caregivers as they advocate for their needs and form nurturing relationships with their children. In addition to supporting families with basic needs, staff link families with resources such as CalWorks, mental health services, medical services, substance abuse counseling, and domestic violence services, among others. Our vision is every child in a safe home and community. Learn more about protecting children here: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/guide2012/guide.pdf#page=14