Prevention Services are provided to stabilize the family in the event of an emergency or crisis. This program provides emergency payments to avert eviction, or loss of a utility. The services are meant to prevent the placement of children into Foster Care.
Several Criteria Must Be Met Before Services Can Be Activated, Including
Must have child(ren) in the home under 18 years old.
Cannot have received assistance from Prevention Services recently or for the same situation.
Must be a legitimate emergency (i.e., eviction, lights turned off, etc.)
Must have had a recent crisis (loss of job, decrease in hours, wages, etc.)
Purchasable Preventive Services Include, but Are Not Limited to
Utilities, rent, oil/gas (for heating)
Emergency housing assistance (hotel/motel stay)
Health related services
All clients are screened on a case by case basis and if deemed eligible, a case is opened and entered into the Family Services Computer data bank. The clients will sign a Service Application and understand that if they return within the same year for a similar request for assistance, the request will be denied. If client is deemed not eligible for Preventive Services, referrals are given to local churches and area resources.