Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $150,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
The Salvation Army's Family Place provides a continuum of services to birth parents and their children who are in foster care. Program components include comprehensive clinical assessment, supervised visitation, transportation for children, parent coaching, and pre- and post-visit counseling. The Incredible Years program will be added in January 2010. Family Place was developed to improve permanency outcomes for children by increasing the quality and frequency of visitation. Long-stays in foster care have a serious impact on the emotional well-being of children, and foster children exhibit a much higher prevalence of mental health, substance abuse and behavioral issues than the general population. The increased visitation as well as intensive supportive services build parent skills, maintain attachments between parents and children, and help child welfare workers assess more accurately and more expeditiously whether reunification is possible.