Monday, March 7, 2011

Family Support and Treatment Center

The following email was sent to us from Jessica at the Utah Foster Care Foundation. If you have any questions, please let us know!

Dear Foster and Adoptive Parents

Family Support & Treatment Center in Orem has enjoyed a long standing relationship with foster and adoptive parents for more than twenty years. We appreciate the privilege of contracting with DCFS on several levels, some of which include being able to provide therapeutic and respite services to foster and adoptive parents and their children. We support and agree with the Division’s focus on including parents in their children’s therapy.

In our efforts to solidify these long standing relationships we have found it essential to maintain an open dialogue with DCFS caseworkers and fost/adopt parents in order to secure the quality of care provided by FSTC through these contracts. Over the past few months our Director, Joy O’Banion, and I, Stuart Harper, have met with and talked to DCFS employees to assess these relationships as well as our provision of services to DCFS clients, including yourselves and your children.  

In doing so, it has come to our attention that there are some current misperceptions and mis-associations regarding the services that FSTC is able to, and capable of, providing. We have received feedback that appears to associate the therapy arm of FSTC with only providing individual play therapy for sex abuse victims, and not being able to provide any attachment/family/post adoption/relationship therapy. FSTC appears to no longer be synonymous with relationship work, despite our constant ability to provide such. While play therapy for sex abuse victims is an area in which we have extensive experience, it is by no means the only therapy we provide. Our clinical staff has just as much ability to provide many forms of attachment/family/post adoptive/relationship therapy. We are aware of and able to utilize the “Beyond Consequences” principles in formatting the approach to treatment. We are certainly willing to make any kind of attachment work the focus of treatment if this is what you want your clients to experience. All we ask is for you to express this need when requesting services.

In addition to this misperception, we have heard concerns about how long our waiting list may be. We want you to know that any referral received from DCFS caseworkers receives scheduling priority before any other clients on the waiting list. This is per contract requirement. Furthermore, recognizing the financial strains of the current economy, it is no more expensive for DCFS to refer a client to FSTC than to any other contracted service provider. We are also able to accept Carve-Out clients.

FSTC welcomes any questions, comments or feedback from any foster and adoptive parents that would help to make us a better service provider. Anyone is welcome to email me at or to call me at 801-229-1181. FSTC looks forward to our continued relationship with foster and adoptive parents and the joint effort to provide health and wellness for the children and families of our region. We would also like to make ourselves available for any of your cluster meetings to provide any in-service that may be of benefit to you.  

Stuart Harper, LCSW, RPT-S
Clinical Coordinator                    

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