Our Rockwell Campus
Residential Level II
North Carolina has undergone major changes in its child welfare system. It has created a need for specialization in childcare facilities. Nazareth Child & Family Connection has targeted a specific population of North Carolina’s children and developed a program that specifically address deficit areas children may exhibit in their home environment, educational setting, and in the community. Residential Level II provides mental health services for those individuals who has documented struggles in the above environments and has a mental health diagnosis that helps to define the reasons for the socially unacceptable behaviors displayed.
The program provides short-term therapeutic group home care for those individuals referred by the Care Coordination Team at Cardinal Innovations, current clinical homes, and DSS. Along with the campus Case Manager, the family, DSS Social Worker when they are involved, and the clients, the goal is to successfully reunite these individuals with their families equipped with the tools they need to better cope with challenges in their lives.
The Focus Program is designed for children who have been removed from family and placed in the state’s care for an indefinite period of time. These children are likely to have been removed from their homes as a result of emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect. These children have experienced some form of trauma. The Sanctuary Model recognizes that “hurt people hurt people” and that therefore, creating and sustaining a just environment is vital to everyone’s safety and well-being. We strive to give each resident an environment that promotes growth and change. The Sanctuary Model is the program’s primary treatment service.
Programs of this type were conceived out of a need in the childcare profession to better prepare young people. With proper training, resources, and opportunities for practice, youth are less likely to experience homelessness. The Transitional Living Program is a unique concept in answering this need. Our program is designed to offer low structure in a residential setting to youth who can benefit from being more self-reliant while simultaneously, raising the structure for those who are not ready for increased responsibility. This program teaches them to make appropriate decisions and redirects them whenever the appropriate decisions are not made.
Family Foster Care
The Adoption and Family Foster Care programs at Nazareth Child & Family Connection are designed to find adoptive or foster homes for legally free and at-risk children, who over a period of time have been unable to return to live with their birth parents or with other family members. Once children are available for adoption, their foster parents are the first ones given the opportunity to adopt. This process is called “fostering to adopt”. There are many benefits to this process. First, you already have an established relationship with the child. Secondly, you already have had the contact and possibly relationships with extended family and birth parents of the children. Thirdly, it is significantly less expensive to adopt a child who is already placed in your home as a foster child.
Recruitment of Foster Families
Families interested in becoming licensed as a foster home or adoptive family with Nazareth Child & Family Connection should contact the Foster Family Social Worker. A detailed study of all applicants is conducted as well as 30 hours of pre-service training. We feel it is our ethical and professional responsibility to obtain the best families possible for the children we serve. Ten hours of annual in-service training is also required. All approved families are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services of North Carolina.
Children between the ages of 0-18 years old, either male or female, who are experiencing parent related, child related or environmental problems are appropriate for a foster family. These children should be able to benefit from a small family unit as opposed to a residential program.
Crescent Academy Day Treatment Program
Crescent Academy works with students who have not fit into a traditional classroom setting. We use the Sanctuary Model, a trauma informed approach as a foundation for our work with students. We work on academics as well as behavioral and social skill development. The program is designed to be a short term (6-9 months) program to help teach students coping skills so that they can better manage their emotions and behaviors when they return to a regular school setting. The program uses hands on learning to build positive experiences for students. We then use a positive based motivation system to help students strive to reach their potential. All students receive individual and family therapy while in the program to help the entire family learn to work with their student. We have locations at Henderson Independent, Hanford-Dole Elementary, and on the Nazareth campus.
The program is currently for elementary and middle school students, who have struggled in a traditional school setting and have not responded to lower levels of interventions such as IEP or 504 plans. All students have a mental health diagnosis as determined by a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment (CCA).
The day treatment program works in partnership with Rowan-Salisbury Schools to ensure that all students receive full academic credit while in the program. As a result we work with the school system to ensure that all referrals have tried other interventions in their home school, or with other mental health services prior to a day treatment referral. A CCA and Person Centered Plan (PCP) are completed prior to program admission.