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Focus on Families

The Huntington Focus on Families Program (FOF) decreases the risk of child abuse and neglect in the family by working with families to identify and strengthen their protective factors. The program is dedicated to supporting families in embracing their strengths, thus allowing them to heal from past trauma, and develop a higher level of family functioning.

Importance of In-Home Services

The primary goal of in-home service is to strengthen and support the family in order to maintain children with their families whenever it can be done safely.  Providing such services keeps children near their natural support system of friends, siblings, extended family and school. Through the provision of in-home services, appropriate resources can help parents focus on addressing the issues that led - could lead - to abuse or neglect.

Description of Services

The goal of therapy is to reduce the risk of abuse/neglect in families through providing mental health therapy that focuses on strengthening family protective factors such as family functioning/resiliency, emotional support, concrete support, nurturing and attachment and knowledge of parenting and childhood development.

Clinicians work with individuals and families to determine what their needs are related to the above factors. Safety and risk is assessed at every visit and throughout treatment. Services are adjusted as necessary based on ongoing safety and risk assessment.

The family’s treatment plan reflects a balance of identified needs and strengths. Clinicians use treatment planning to partner with the family in identifying strengths and family culture in order to leverage strength based options within goal setting and create more individualized case planning.

How we help Families

  • Build healthy communication
  • Problem solve safety
  • Develop healthy boundaries
  • Resolve acute & chronic family conflicts
  • Mend strained family relationships
  • Process traumatic life events
  • Understand and take charge of their mental health needs
  • Develop effective & individualized parenting strategies

Treatment Includes

  • Individual & Family Therapy
  • Marriage & Couples Therapy
  • Parenting Support & Eduction
  • Safety & Crisis Planning
  • Meetings with collateral services
  • Referrals for specialized services
  • Supportive advocacy
  • Assistance in navigating system of services

Who is referred?

Referrals for direct therapy cases can originate from either the Family Services or Youth Services within Oswego County Department of Social Services, Services Division. 

Who can make a referral?

  • Anyone interested in getting treatment for a youth
  • Probation Departments
  • Child Protective Services
  • Foster Care
  • Law Enforcement
Program Supervisor

Joel Monahan, LMHC, CASAC