The Family After School Program is an intensive therapeutic after school program designed for seriously emotionally disturbed children, ages six to 12. Participating youth reside in the Cambridge and Somerville communities and are referred by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH). The primary goal of the Family After School Program is to prevent hospitalization and out-of-home placement for youth who require therapeutic services and who cannot be maintained in mainstream after school settings.
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Through therapeutic group work, the program focuses on strengthening children’s social skills, decision-making abilities and emotional functioning. The Family After School Program's underlying philosophy is that, when viable, a child cannot be treated apart from his or her family, nor can the family be treated apart from the larger community. Parents are active participants in their child’s treatment at the Family After School Program and become empowered as they learn new skills that assist them in developing and enhancing their parenting and advocacy skills. In addition, licensed case managers provide a wraparound model, regularly collaborating with schools and outside providers to further support the child and family in their efforts to maintain stability in their community.
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Eligibility Criteria Clients in the Family After School Program are residents of Cambridge and Somerville, live at home or in a long term guardianship placement and attend school in their communities. Clients must be referred by DCF or DMH.
Client Fees No fees are paid by families in this program.
Referrals Referrals can be made by phone by any of the following sources:
Department of Children and Families
Metro Boston Department of Mental Health
For more information, please contact:
Maribeth Arena, LICSW Program Director Main Office 5 Sacramento Street Cambridge, MA 02138 Tel: 617.354.2275 x111 or x132 Fax: 617.547.4356
PLEASE NOTE: Do not include any client information when communicating via email. Email is for general inquiries only.