Susan Hooksco-founded STEPS in 2010 after volunteering at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). While volunteering at DCFS, she discovered families visiting in hallways, around social workers desks, and in closets. Not only were there no toys – there was no laughter. Susan went into action and designed four rooms to resemble a home-like atmosphere where families could visit privately. Today, STEPS Family Resource Center, a nonprofit devoted to strengthening families in crisis, has played a key role in the reunification of hundreds of families.
HOW YOU CAN HELP HEAL LOCAL FAMILIES
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Every month, hundreds of children in the Sebastian County foster care system find their “home living
room” every week at STEPS Family Resource Center when they come for supervised visitation with their
non-custodial parents. Seeing the faces of those children light up when they are reunited with their
parents warms your heart, as you can only imagine the trauma they have endured. Regardless of the
danger and unhealthy living conditions, abused and neglected children desire to be with their parents.
The traumatic removal experience brings fear, anxiety and a sense of abandonment – especially in the
light of the fact most of these children are shipped out to neighboring counties to find a bed, resulting in
not only a loss of their family and their homes, but their schools, their neighbors, their friends and their
churches. When children are able to visit their non-custodial parents in child-friendly, homelike
visitation rooms, their sense of abandonment is reduced and their fears and anxieties are alleviated.
Successful visitations are a vital component to reunification.
WHAT WE DO:
Nurturing Skills for Families
Foster Parent Support Group
Continuing Support for Families Coaching
And more! Call us today!