Children’s Services Launches Intensive Therapy Program for Adoptive & Foster Care Families

childrens services logo photoThe HALO Project is First of its Kind in PA, Promises to be Life-Changing 

The Salvation Army Children’s Services has launched a new intensive therapy program designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of children in foster care, children that have been adopted, or children that exhibit difficulty in the area of attachment. The HALO (Healing, Attachment, Loving, Outreach) Project is a 10-week intensive outpatient intervention, originally pioneered in Oklahoma, and the only one of its kind across our region. 

“The Salvation Army is committed to nurturing children and supporting families,” said Florence Rhue, Director, The Salvation Army Children’s Services. “The HALO Project of Oklahoma has helped to heal the lives of children and families with effective support resources. We believe this program will be life-changing for families in our area.”

halo project logoSince 1915, The Salvation Army Children’s Services has been connecting children with safe, loving, and caring homes and families across the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys, through temporary foster care as well as permanent adoption.

Children and youth who have experienced foster care have often experienced complex developmental trauma, resulting in psychological and behavioral issues. The HALO Project utilizes the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI © ) therapeutic model created by Dr. Karen Purvis and Dr. David Cross at Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development, which trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. It has been successfully applied in foster and adoptive homes, schools, courts, residential treatment facilities, group homes and churches.

Since 2013, the HALO Project of Oklahoma has produced impressive results, with participating parents reporting a decrease in relational frustration with their child, and an increase in attachment, parenting confidence, and involvement. Parents also reported a decrease in problematic behaviors in their children and reported less frustration with the problematic behaviors. Overall, all families who completed the HALO Project reporting an increase in compassion and understanding of their child and their unique history.

The Salvation Army Children’s Services has partnered with the HALO Project of Oklahoma to bring the program to Eastern Pennsylvania. It is the first time the HALO Project is being replicated outside of Oklahoma.

“When we met the team from Salvation Army, we knew it would be a fantastic partnership. The team that has been assembled is filled with kind, compassionate individuals who desire to bring hope to hurting children and families,” said Amber Given, Clinical Director, The HALO Project of Oklahoma. “We look forward to hearing the sweet stories about the deep levels of healing that will happen through the use of TBRI© and the 10 Week HALO© program.”
Families participating in the program will experience:
  • A 10 week intensive intervention program for foster families and/or families that have adopted.
  • 10 Trauma Education Classes (TEC) for parents focusing on neurochemistry related to trauma, sensory processing, behavior modification, and attachment theory and principles.
  • Parent support group with the other parents in the program (facilitated by a clinician).
  • Parent experiential sessions in which parents learn and practice play therapy techniques and scripts designed for empowering, connecting and correcting based on TBRI®.
  • Social group activities, nurture groups and play groups for the children featuring sensory rich, attachment rich activities (i.e. HALO Kids Club).
  • The use of volunteer “buddies” to model adaptive behaviors and pro-social communication.
  • Intensive individual and family therapy.
  • Occupational Therapy (as needed).
  • Comprehensive assessment and evaluation.
  • Speech Therapy (as needed).
  • Follow up therapeutic services following completion of the program (as needed).
“Providing families with the resources of the HALO project will be instrumental in helping children from hard places reach their full potential” said Rhue.

The Salvation Army Children’s Services is currently accepting applications for families with children between the ages of 3-7 years, who have been adopted or are in foster care, and reside in the Lehigh Valley or in Montgomery County.

For more information about the HALO Project or Salvation Army Children’s Services, go to www.care4kids.net or call 610-821-7706.     

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.

Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

For more information, please visit www.care4kids.net or www.SalvationArmyPA.org

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