Solano CARE Clinic Opens at Child Haven

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What is the CARE Clinic?

The Solano Comprehensive Assessment, Research and Evaluation (CARE) Clinic is an intensive early assessment and intervention program for children 3—6 years of age with ongoing developmental, social, emotional, behavioral, sensory, and communication challenges. This program connects children and families with tiered supports to enable them to overcome risk factors and have better opportunity for success.

 

 

CARE Components

  • Social Skills
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Facilitated Peer Interaction
  • Social-Emotional Communication
  • Sensory and Motor Skills
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Parent Education and Support

Referral Criteria

  • Ages between 3—6
  • May have developmental delays in any or all areas (e.g. cognitive, social, communication, physical and sensory)
  • May have co-occurring externalizing behaviors and/or social-emotional issues
  • Would benefit from ALL components of CARE
  • Involved parent participation and consistent     transportation
  • Commitment to attendance

Overview

Designed to run 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for 10 weeks, CARE is not an educational placement, but an intensive evaluation process. Participation in the clinic is voluntary, with our transdisciplinary team working to assess and offer recommendations for effective interventions to use with children at home and in future public school settings. Parent involvement is an integral part of the program including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and parent education meetings. The PCIT program works with parents and children together to improve the quality of their interactions and to teach positive strategies necessary to understand and manage children’s behaviors. In learning these skills, parents become better equipped to establish and maintain age appropriate limits and to decrease oppositional, noncompliant and aggressive behaviors.

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Child Haven is Now Hiring!

We’re opening a new office in Vallejo and a CARE Clinic in Fairfield.

We are hiring for the following positions:

  • Therapists
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Certified Clinicians
  • Intervention Specialists
  • Supervised Visitation Monitors

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You can see our job descriptions at job opportunities page.

Interested individuals may submit a resume and references to:
Hiring Manager, Child Haven
801 Empire St., Fairfield, CA 94533, or
jobs@child-haven.org
Fax: 707-425-5162

“B’s” Success Story

“B’s” Story

“B” came to Child Haven at the age of 13 at the suggestion of the Office of Family Violence Prevention (OFVP). “B” had been in therapy the previous year but the sessions were focused more on “B’s” behavioral problems rather than her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

When “B” was 11 years old, she witnessed her father shoot and kill her mother. Domestic violence ahd been an ongoing problem fro many years and ultimately culminated in the death of her mother. “B” attempted to process her trauma but instead withdrew, began skipping school and was unable to form a bond with her new guardian, her aunt. “B,” not satisfied with the outcome or focus of her therapy, quit. Six months later, as she prepared to testify in court, a member of the OFVP staff convinced her to try again. This time she came to Child Haven.

B's Story “B’s” therapist offered her a more systematic approach to  her therapy using  Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral  Therapy (TF-CBT). “B” met weekly with her therapist using  this evidence-based therapeutic modality which helped her  develop a narrative, identify her PTSD triggers, and equip  her with practical PTSD symptom (stress) management  tools. This approach also helped “B” foresee a future which  would not be controlled by her symptoms.

The Child Haven therapist was able to witness “B” build the courage to testify successfully in court, as well as give a victim impact statement in a controlled manner. “B” grew to experience a higher tolerance for her PTSD symptoms and eventually created a new state of normal. “B” will always miss her mother and may even, one day, grow to accept her father’s apology. She will also continue to have flashbacks of that horrific act that played out violently in front of her. However, she now knows she has tools to help her through dark moments and she has people around her who love and care for her. “B” also understands that trauma experienced by anyone, especially someone so young, needs to be treated, just like any other wound.

The Twins Success Story

The Twins

The twins were placed in foster care after being removed by Child Protective Services due to parental substance abuse and neglect. They were small toddlers, homeless and had been eating out of dumpsters. After several placements the twins found the Family as foster parents. The twins’ foster parents were having difficulty with the boys’ aggressive and tantrum behaviors. Although they loved the boys and hoped that they could eventually adopt them, they desperately needed help. Foster dad said, “I just want them to express themselves more and be able to be children. I want them to be less scared and to be able to be kids.” They came to Child Haven.

Child Haven clinicians have unusually long tenures with the organization. Such long term relationships are helpful when children return to Child Haven, as is the case with the twins.

The clinician knew the boys when they were younger. She remembered they would not talk much and had pacifiers in their mouth much of the time before they turned two. Child Haven helped the parents understand what such behavior in young children meant. She taught the foster parents about typical development for young children. The clinicians helped the foster parents understand how the twin’s experience of being removed from their biological mother and placed in multiple foster placements caused behaviors in the twins, resulting in the aggressive and tantrum behavior. The parents learned skills to move the boys through the episodes and reduce incidences of the aggressive behavior. The boys learned to express their feelings.

The once very quiet boys are now talking and very verbal. They talk about their feelings and even sing! Their parent’s favorite group is the Police and one twin sang “Roxanne” for his clinician in one session – she reports, “it was hard not to laugh as it was too cute!!” Today, thanks to Child Haven they are very typical four year old boys. They were adopted by their foster parents.

Child Haven helped the boys to regain their developmental momentum and get back on track. No one would know their history by looking at these two handsome well-adjusted boys. Unfortunately, this is not the case for thousands of other children who lack the intervention that Child Haven provides, who grow up unable to communicate their feelings and connect with others and have healthy adult relationships. Instead, they sink into a life of isolation and mental difficulties that predisposes them to violence, criminal behaviors and addiction.

When asked her hopes for a conversation with the twins at 18, the clinician said, “I would hope they would say “Thank you for helping me to learn how to express feelings verbally. It’s really helped me with my relationships…. but that’s asking a lot for a teen.”

Child Haven Relies on Volunteers to Help Keep the Program Alive

Child Haven Relies on Volunteers to Help Keep the Program Alive

Alma Vega

Volunteer Profile:  Alma Vega

In 2010, Alma Vega and her sister Karina knocked on our door and asked if there was anything they could do to help at Child Haven.  Prior to this time, Child Haven had rarely relied on help from volunteers due to the sensitive nature of the work performed.  At first the staff expressed concern, primarily regarding confidentiality and the appropriateness of having young adults in the facility during operating hours.  However, something in their request made us say “yes”.  We agreed to limit their interaction with clients and implemented several security protocols to prohibit access to records.  We began by having them clean toys, sort donations and assist clinicians with organizing therapeutic materials.  It did not take long before Alma and Karina gained the trust and respect of every clinician at Child Haven.

The girls began volunteering twice a week after school.  They quickly learned and picked up on the special needs and requirements of the therapists.  Rather than assisting the therapists, they began tackling projects such as organizing Child Haven’s Art Therapy Room.  They set up the children’s materials, labeling baskets and sorting supplies consistent with Art Therapy protocols.  They organized the therapist cupboards ensuring that their tools and equipment were easily accessible to therapists but out of reach of the children.  They continueed to follow up with the Art Therapy Room on a regular basis to ensure that items are replaced correctly and to initiate orders for additional supplies.

Alma walks to Child Haven after school and quickly jumps in to her routine.   She checks with the clinicians to see if they need any special help and if so adeptly attends to their requests, (i.e. organizing the Infant room, re-stocking Sand Therapy trays, sorting and cleaning make-believe and dress-up toys, preparing materials for the divorcing families program, etc.)  When those special tasks are complete, Alma attends to her regular duties including preparing blank charts for new clients, copying assessment and other forms, restocking informational brochures, and sorting, organizing and cleaning therapeutic toys and equipment.

Alma also maintains Child Haven’s donation closet.  Donations of children’s clothing and toys are continuously dropped at our doors. Alma sorts the donations to determine whether they are appropriate to be used by Child Haven clinicians for therapy, to be passes through as donations to our clinicians or if the item(s) should be given to other local charities where it would be more appropriate.  Maintaining the donation closet has always been a challenge for Child Haven staff.  Alma has taken away that challenge and allows staff to focus on the children.

Both Alma and Karina have proven themselves time and again as wonderful young ladies with quiet passion, strong ethics, sincerity, reliance and aspiration.  Karina is now working full time and going to school at Solano Community College.  Alma was just accepted to Chico State.  Both girls are majoring in Psychology.

If you would like to help in any of the following areas, please contact us!

  • Clerical support
  • Property maintenance
  • Fundraising events
  • Other
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