During the administration of Michael R. L. Alston, program services and employee positions have been expanded to provide greater services to children and the community. In the area of program services a Service Plan Advisory Committee was established in 1985 to review all applications and to monitor the progress of individual service plans.
A Behavior Management Program based on a token economy was begun in December 1985 in conjunction with a weekly Behavior Management Team meeting to chart and review the daily and weekly progress of each student.
To improve program services delivery and the living environment for our children, staffing patterns were enhanced to include the following: Residential Life Supervisors, Student Development Specialist, Program Services Director, additional Residential Child Care Workers, Learning Lab Computer Proctor; and the implementation of several contracts with clinical psychotherapists; and a Plant Operations Foreman to effect repairs and maintain building, grounds and equipment.
The “Team Approach” to child care is currently used with our Social Work Staff acting as liason between our facility and the children’s parents or legal guardians.
We are licensed by the North Carolina Department of Human Resources to provide care for 34 children in our long term care program and 8 children in our ninety-day Emergency Care and Respite Care Programs.
Overview of Agency Services
Cottages: Four cottages, groups of 8-10. Dining in central dining cottages and room.
Education: Kindergarten through grade 12 attend public schools. Special educational resources available via public school system. School based computer assisted instruction lab (after school). Tutorial program on campus. Higher education planning/scholarship/on-going assistance.
Genesis Academy: Genesis Academy is a transitional classroom located on campus under the supervision of the Granville County Schools. It is designed to serve (12) students, and it is staffed with a certified teacher, teacher's aide and a monitor from the residential staff of our facility. Students receive academic instruction at their appropriate grade level, and assessments are conducted if adequate information is available. Every effort is made to transition students into the traditional school setting as soon as possible.
Religion: Religious services on campus and in community, children can attend church of their choice. Pastoral counseling and campus choir opportunities.
Recreation: Gym on campus/church basketball league sponsorship. Recreation coordinator on campus. Children involved in school and community sports.
Social: On-campus peer visitation priviledges to all students; limited off-campus peer visitation for 15 years and older. School, community, and church activities available.
Social Services: three social workers. Individual and group methods. Individual written service plans. Social Worker staff utilize various assessments tests to develop each "Individualized Service Plan" to ascertain achievement goals and outcome measurements. The (CAFAS) assessment tool will be administered as part of the intake process for students who is likely to experience long term residential care. After the initial (45) days of care such testing will occur periodically until adequate goal attainment is achieved for each student. Additionally, the "Casey" life skills assessment tool will be utilized to design an individualized curriculum for each student as part of their "Individualized Service Plan" to assist each individual student achieve proficiency in social life skills, work habits, household management and money management, etc. The primary outcome is to enable each student to become a productive citizen in the community after reaching adulthood.
The "Achenback Assessmnet Tool" will be utilized to ascertain "risk factors" and "methods to address the same" for students who are admitted into our "Respite Care Program" with a limited stay of only (30) days. The assessment will serve as a tool to help parents to address issues with their children to prevent and/or reduce the need for further intervention by the judicial system, thereby reducing the rate of "adjudicated delinquency."
Daily Living Skills Management Team: Child care staff reviews progress of children on weekly basis via Behavorial Management and level system.
Case Management Team: Team serves as the Service Plan Advisory Committee which includes staff members, educators, mental health, and other community resources to review admissions, individual service plans, and discharge plan; team meets weekly.
Psychological: Evaluation and therapy is provided by a subcontractor via the Local Mental Health Entity (LME). Psychological testings is also available by a private contractor.
Employment: Preparation for Independent Living program. Work opportunities on and off campus. Part-time employment after school and weekends.
Description of Program Services
Moderate Care/Emergencey Care and Respite Care Services
Indepenedent Living and Higher Educational Opportunities
The purpose of the Moderate Care Program is to provide services for children in North Carolina who are separated from their parents and/or significant others by no fault of their own or who have the need for services to help them overcome emotional or behavorial difficulties that they are experienceing at home, school, or in the community.
The purpose of the Emergency Care program is to provide temporary, crisis care for children who cannot remain within the home or family setting because of serious crisis or emergency that necessitates immediate out-of-home placement for the child or sibling group. Temporary care outside of the home will be resolution for the child and family whether that resolution be reunification with the family, placement with a surrogate family, or transfer to our Moderate Care Program or some alternate out-of-home care program.
The Respite Care Program is sponsored by an agreement with Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments and the North Carolina Alliance for Youth. The Respite Care Program provides 24-hour care to males and females between the ages of 9 - 17 who are under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinqueny Prevention who need short term care (1 to 30 days). The paricipating counties with Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments and the North Carolina Alliance for Youth are Granville, Franklin, Vance and Warren. There is also a similiar program with Person County.
Indepenedent Living and Higher Educational Opportunities
Our Unique campus "Independent Living Skills Program" is designed to provide daily living skills training for students 13-15 years of age, and awareness training for our youth 16-21 years of age by providing on campus seminars and workshops to assist students in their efforts to develop skills to gain adult living situations and employment opportunities. Furthermore, eligible students 18-21 who have completed their high school education and/or who have obtained their GED who desire to pursue higher educational opportunities will be granted special consideration for grants and/or scholarships as appropriate. Our special services also include assistance beginning with the application process through completion of your college degree and/or certification of your vocational training program. If higher educational opportunities are less than attainable for you, our staff will assist you in every way possible to secure gainful employment and transitional housing upon reaching your 18th birthday.
The Enrich Program at Central Children’s Home is a wellness project that was introduced to the home in 2004 by the Duke Endowment due to a finding that children who reside in group homes were more obese than children that reside in a regular home setting. Our staff organized a wellness committee which came up with a wellness plan. During the first four years a stipend was given to buy exercise equipment, pedometers, etc. According to the plan the project was designed to monitor the health and wellness of our children to provide a healthy environment.
The wellness committee has developed guidelines to make sure our students are served healthy and nutritious meals daily via the new food pyramid, also ensure fresh fruits and nutritious snacks are available in each cottage. The home also allows the students to prepare a healthy meal at least twice a week. The students and staff engage in physical activities at least three times a week in our campus gym or local park.
The North Carolina Links Program at Central Children’s Home is designed to help our adolescents ages 13 through 20 who are in foster care to be connected with resources and training. We provide life skills training for them to make sure they are able to become self sufficient in life. Links signifies the connections every adult needs in life such as employment skills, money management skills, housing, and daily living skills.
Upon admission the students take the Casey Skills Assessment Test which consists of the Daily Living Skills given by the Social Worker on campus.
The Case Plan is originated from the strengths and weakness from the assessment. After the testing is complete the County DSS will review and sign the Case Plan. Our staff will provide training opportunities to assist the youth in achieving his/her objectives at the appropriate target dates by engaging in various learning exercises and activities.