FAMILY TIES is our sixteen-week program that supports and strengthens families experiencing parent-child estrangement and family discord. While there are many reasons relationships become estranged, children need a healthy and stable relationship with both parents. Our program addresses the individual needs of each family member and provides the nurturing, support, and focused family interventions necessary to heal and enrich these relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How does the Family Ties program work?
A: Each family is assigned a Case Coordinator who serves as the parent’s point person for all scheduling and communications. The Case Coordinator will schedule an Intake appointment for all family members. Each parent will be interviewed individually for 90 minutes and each child for 30 minutes. The purpose of the Intake Interview is to determine if the family can be helped by the Family Ties Program.
Q: Who will be working with my family?
A: Family Ties is a collaborative treatment program. Our experienced therapists are Masters level and Doctoral level clinicians who have received specialized training in working with Court involved children and their families. Our Masters level clinicians are currently pursuing Doctorates of Clinical Forensic Psychology or Clinical Psychology. Treatment provided through the Family Ties program is supervised by Dr. David Finn, who has provided evaluations pertaining to the allocation of parental responsibilities for the past 17 years.
Q: Is it possible that my family may not be accepted into the program?
A: Yes. There are circumstances that may clinically suggest that the family is unable at the time of the Intake to benefit from the Family Ties Program. In these cases, a letter of notification will be sent to the Court and the parents.
Q: What happens if my family is accepted into the program?
A: The parents’ will be notified of acceptance via telephone by the Case Coordinator within one week. During this phone call the Case Coordinator will schedule appointments for each family member to meet with their individual therapist. In addition, a formal letter of notification will be sent to the Court.
Q: How many hours per week will my family be expected to participate in the program?
A: The number of hours required for weekly treatment is determined by the family’s needs. Most families require a minimum of three to four hours per week.
Q: What type of treatment will be provided to my family?
A: A treatment plan will be specifically tailored for your family’s needs. This treatment plan may include individual sessions for each family member, sessions between child or either parent, and sessions with both parents if there are no safety concerns.
Q: How will the court be made aware of our participation and progress?
A: The Case Coordinator will issue a Midterm and Final Report to the Court.
Q: Will my insurance/Medicare pay for the program?
Q: Does my family have to be Court ordered?
Q: What is the cost of the Family Ties Program?
A: The fee for the Intake Interview is $500.00 and must be paid at the time of service. This fee is nonrefundable. The fee for the Family Ties Program is $7,500.00 and must be paid in full prior to the first session. This fee is nonrefundable.
Q: If I am a Judge, GAL, Attorney or prospective family, how do I secure more information about the Family Ties Program?
A: Call (847) 483-0800. If no one is available to answer your call, please leave your name, phone number and times you are available and we will return your call within 24 hours.