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Family Tree Community Family Resource Team

Therapeutic Supportive Services for Youth

Phone: (303) 422-2133 x719
Fax: (303) 765-4321
Division Director: Tina Hageman

The Family Tree Community Family Resource Team works with the Adams County and Jefferson County Human Services Departments to provide intervention for at-risk youth in order to divert youth from future out-of-home placement and further child welfare system involvement. The program also provides intensive clinical intervention and support to families who are transitioning youth back into the home, after the youth has been in out-of-home placement. 



Meet Claire*. Her and her sisters now live with their Aunt Lucy after being removed from their birth mother’s care for the second time. Aunt Lucy* welcomed Claire and her sisters into her home, despite her small house already being occupied by her own immediate family. 
Family Tree received a referral from Adams County to provide in-home individual and family therapy when Claire and her sisters were placed in Lucy’s home. The girls lacked confidence and a sense of identity, and all showed extreme dislike for their aunt’s home given their loyalty to their biological mother. Upon beginning Family Tree CFRT services, Claire was uninterested in communicating with her aunt and isolated herself from the family.
Before being placed in her aunt's home, Claire spent most of her childhood moving from foster home to foster home (staying with both relatives and non-relatives). This was due to dependency and neglect concerns on behalf of her mother. Claire’s mother struggled to keep a job, maintain stable housing, and has severe mental health concerns. Claire negatively and unhealthily attempted to cope with her family trauma through marijuana use, sexual promiscuity, and indifference towards her education (i.e. truancy, disrespect/aggression in the classroom, etc.).
Family Tree’s CFRT team began in-home clinical sessions for Claire individually and for the family as a whole. The family members learned more about the effects of trauma on a person's thoughts, feelings and actions, as well as the brain’s natural fear responses. Slowly they began to grow positively in their relationships with one another. Therapy sessions empowered Claire to make realistic strategies to move forward including effective coping tactics and healthy emotion-regulation techniques. She successfully used CFRT sessions to find ways to grow self-sufficiently and become a strong, independent young woman.
By the end of their time working with Family Tree’s Community Family Resource Team, Claire and her family had accomplished their individual and family goals. Claire stopped smoking marijuana, enrolled in a new school that met her academic needs and supported her positive growth, and successfully learned the importance of using her family members as a support system instead of isolating herself. The family’s successes with CFRT’s in-home services and in their daily lives helped them achieve their goals, cope with past trauma, and strengthen their family lifestyle by rejecting negative influences in their lives. Claire and her family are now on a constructive and confident path towards healthy family functioning and improved quality of life. 



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