FAMILY THERAPEUTIC CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED
Harmony’s Therapeutic Camps for families of children adopted from foster care are among the first in the United States to treat the family as a whole. The camp model is based on Harmony’s experience in helping vulnerable children and families and on extensive research. The first family camps at Montvale began in the summer of 2012.
ASAP HIGHLIGHTED IN ADOPTION ADVOCATE
Harmony’s very own Michael Yates and Kristi Kulesz are authors of this excellent article, Supporting the Promise of Permanency: Post-Adoption Services for Children and Families, published this month in the Adoption Advocate, a publication of the National Council for Adoption. The article highlights the need for post-adopt services and Harmony’s ASAP (Adoption Support and Preservation) program.
The Adoption Support and Preservation Program (ASAP) was created to help adoptive parents succeed on every level by providing a state-wide, seamless system that supports children and families with pre and post adoption services that promote permanency and also help communities nurture adoptive families.
ASAP’s innovative program offers a continuum of services designed to support resource families through:
- Adoption preparation training
- Crisis intervention
- Support groups
- Relief team development
- Parenting education
These services are available to Tennessee families who have either made their intent to adopt known or who have already finalized adoptions through Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services. Since 2004, ASAP has served approximately 3,690 children.
Adoption Support and Preservation staff members are on call to assist families across the state of Tennessee. Families may contact the ASAP helpline at 888.848.ASAP to begin services and to learn more about the program. Referring professionals are encouraged to contact ASAP with any questions and may refer families for ASAP services by contacting ASAP at 888.848.ASAP.
Partnered with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS), ASAP is a collaboration between Harmony Family Center and Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. ASAP is funded through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.