Community Based Initiatives
Release’s largest branch allows workers to go into family homes to help keep them together, or reunite them when they have been separated.
Too frequently, there are families in our community that are separated due to lack of knowledge, a lack of understanding of available resources to them, or an inability to access such resources. Many of these issues are preventable, and our Community Based Initiatives (CBI) branch was started as a means of working with families in their homes to educate and improve family circumstances for the ultimate goal of preventing family separation. Release desires to see that, whenever safe and possible, families are able to remain together.
Release is a member of the National Family Preservation Network, and all of our workers are trained specifically in the area of cultural competency and crisis intervention management. All of our specialists are also trained to utilize evidenced-based models for assessing a family’s strengths, weaknesses, and areas of need.
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What We Do
Release’s fourth area of service is collectively known as Community Based Initiatives, or CBI. We were able to proudly launch CBI in the summer of 2013. During its first year, CBI allowed Release to double its number of staff and greatly increase the number of families that we are privileged to serve.
CBI consists of two different types of services: In Home Family Services and Parenting Time. For both of these services, our CBI workers go into the homes of families to help maintain safety in the home. Parenting Time services ensure parents bond and visit with their children in a safe and nurturing environment.
Our ultimate goal is to prevent the unnecessary disruption or separation of families, or to reunify them in a timely manner if they are already separated. Our specialists provide families with positive support, parenting skills, life skills training, and much more all in the context of also connecting them with resources in the community to help ensure their continued success.
For more information or to inquire about CBI services, please contact Garrett Swanberg by phone at (402)305-8070, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the contact form.