May 19, 2016
FamilyWise is pleased to announce that it has received a funding award from Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation to support its High Fidelity Wraparound service for youth with under-supported behavioral health needs.
On May 9, 2016, FamilyWise of Minneapolis, Minn. received a $10,000 grant from the Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation. This grant will support the innovative program High Fidelity Wraparound, which is a uniquely structured intervention to help families learn to manage the significant impacts of mental health and individual trauma that can lead to education failure or removal from the home.
FamilyWise piloted this program with Hennepin County Human Services and Juvenile Corrections in 2011 to serve an unmet need for youth with serious emotional and behavioral issues. FamilyWise is the only credentialed provider utilizing this service model in the region, and to date has helped nearly 200 families with this intensive, strengths-based process to increase the stability of their living situation and help youth complete their education.
Building on a foundation of service to families that began in 1976, FamilyWise celebrates 40 years in the community following the successful 2012 merger of Genesis II for Families and Children’s Safety Centers. FamilyWise provides adult and teen parent education, comprehensive support services, and supervised visitation and safe exchange to prevent abuse, victimization and neglect while helping families gain the stability needed to lead healthy and productive lives. Early organizational programming provided the first community-based corrections program for women in Minnesota and facilitated structured supervised visitation and safe exchange for families with court-ordered custody directives. The organization played a pivotal role in the drafting of both state and federal legislation for visitation programs and founded the Minnesota Chapter of the Supervised Visitation Network. Today, FamilyWise is Minnesota’s largest professional provider of these services.
The organization’s steady growth post-merger has laid the groundwork for a greater sustainable service capacity. FamilyWise has taken the lead in family support to bring innovative practices to the region with programming like High Fidelity Wraparound. By 2015, 3,990 individuals and 1,640 households were served. This represents an 83% service increase since the 2012 merger, with a budget growth from an approximate $1.9 million to $2.8. There are currently six (6) locations throughout the Twin Cities Metropolitan area and parts of Eastern Minnesota with additional services provided in the home and in school-based and community settings.
About Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation
The Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation is committed to using its resources to improve the lives of homeless or economically disadvantaged children and their families who are living in urban areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Foundation focuses on improvement opportunities provided through programs for early childhood education, programs promoting strong older student outcomes, and programs that help children and youth in foster care improve social-emotional skills, decrease multiple placements, and attain strong educational outcomes. Visit www.scrf.org for more information.
Contact: Susan Schaffhausen
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