Programs & Services
Our coaches are parents who have been through the child welfare system and are in substance use recovery themselves.
We make contact with the child welfare-impacted parent(s) after a protection plan or removal is put in place as soon as possible. This provides dedicated one on one support to the parent(s) to make sense of everything that just happened and make clear what is expected of them. We build trust and give them a sense of security knowing there is someone there to help them navigate the system and help them advocate for themselves.
We evaluate the protective plan to see what is needed and expected of the parent. We listen to the parent, and hold space for their side of the story and allow them to be heard. As coaches who have this type of specific lived experience, we offer support no other organization or licensed therapist can. We explain again what is in the protection plan and what is expected in a way that they understand.
We collaborate with the parent to see what their individual substance use recovery wellness goals are and break them down into smaller more achievable steps through their individualized recovery wellness plan. We include objectives placed on them by court order or through the CPS protection plan.
We assess what barriers or obstacles are in the parent’s way of achieving their goals. Some barriers are systemic and medical and some are personal. This could include but is not limited to, transportation, finances, time, communication, scheduling habits, organization, trauma, fear, apathy, grief, depression, and anxiety.
After building trust, and assessing wants, needs, and requirements we get the parent connected with resources for any of the needs listed above and fill in gap resources whenever possible.
Follow Through and Support
We follow up and go with them. If attending a 12 step meeting is on their plan we go with them until they feel comfortable going themselves. Since our coaches are recovering themselves, they are able to remove that fear as a barrier. If going to treatment of any kind is a part of their plan, we go with them until they are comfortable going on their own. The same is true for any objective on the recovery wellness plan the parent would like support on. This also includes attending meetings with their social worker or court dates for support.
To Learn More
If you, a family member, or a loved one are a child welfare-impacted parent(s) with a protection plan or removal is put in place due to substance use disorder, please reach out to set up an appointment today.
Join our team
Helios Heuristic is hiring Recovery Coaches to support others in recovery from a substance use. The HHRC will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate, and support to recovering individuals in order to help prevent reoccurrence of symptoms and increase quality of life. The HHRC must demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships.
To apply, click the link below or contact the Executive Director Patti Heffernan at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the PDF icon