Family and Child Welfare Center
The aim is to promote the relationship between the parents and their children and to reduce the children's exposure to risky situations. This is achieved by improving the parent's functioning and assisting in preserving the family unit.
This is a unique therapeutic center, which serves over 890 families in distress. The aim is to promote the relationship between the parents and their children and to reduce the children's exposure to risky situations. This is achieved by improving the parent's functioning and assisting in preserving the family unit. The leading rationale of the center is to preserve the family unit and to leave the children at home, in a safe and nonthreatening environment. Both parents and children receive intervention treatment, which will allow them to strengthen the family unit. The professional aspect of the center is based on a general approach to the family system and its various needs.
The Family and Child Welfare Center has 6 divisions as follows:
Marriage counseling unit – treats 97 families (approx. 200 children).
Parent-Child relationship unit – treats 80 families (approx. 100 children).
Prevention of family violence unit – treats 500 families, of which 401 abused women and 254 abusive men were treated.
The concentration of all departments dealing with marital relations and guardianship/custody – 120 families (approx. 240 children).
Child-Parent center – treats 25 families (approx. 70 children).
Treatment of single-parent families – 70 families (approx. 100 children)
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For renovations: $450,000
For furnishing/equipment: $70,000
Five of the six divisions of the Family and Child Welfare Center operate in a 3-floor structure: on the first floor of the structure, a "Tipat Halav" (mother and child health center) operates in the morning hours. The center operates in the top two floors of the structure, from within offices of the Municipal Welfare Dept. – a fact that reduces the therapy possibilities needed by the families and offers the services in surroundings which are not ideal for the center.
Besides regular treatment rooms, the structure of the center needs a "home-like" unit which should include: a living room, therapy rooms, a kitchen, restrooms, and a garden. This unit would create the possibility of various and unique intervention treatments, the goal being to simulate actual home life.
Renovation of the structure (entrance level and second and third floors) will allow us to adapt it to the specific needs of the Family and Child Welfare Center. This will help the families feel worthy and respected – a fact which will oblige them to return in kind by perseverance and devoting themselves to the therapy which will give the treatment higher chances for success.