ANOTHER ROAD TO SAFETY
Operated under a contract with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) of Alameda County, and in collaboration with La Familia Counseling Service.
 
The Another Road to Safety (ARS) Program was developed to improve outcomes for families who are at risk of child welfare involvement including child removal.  Families are referred from the Department of Children and Family Services when there is a determination that the family would benefit from resources and supports in order to stabilize the family system to improve and ensure child safety.  ARS family support teams consist of a Parent Partner and a Family Support Specialist; each team member brings a unique skill set to the work they do with families.  Program staff teams are located strategically throughout Alameda County to better meet the needs of clients through community work.
 
Services are voluntary, provided for up to 6 months and include weekly home visits and referrals to community resources and services. Goals of the program include:

·         Preventing child abuse and neglect by addressing safety concerns identified by Child Welfare
·         Improving parenting skills and confidence
·         Linking families to community resources and social supports

Some key features of the program include home-based parent support and education, case management and resource referral, and Parent Cafés that provide an informal space for parents to meet other parents in their community and develop natural networks of support.
 
For more information about Another Road to Safety, contact Colette Reid-Horn, Program Director, at CReid-horn@abetterwayinc.net.