The Aftercare and Outreach Program supports families during a child’s transition and return home from placement at Casa de Esperanza. The Aftercare Coordinator monitors the family reunification process for as long as is necessary to ensure the safety and well being of the child and to help maintain the integrity and stability of the family. The caseworker also helps to facilitate financial or legal assistance, medical care, school enrollment, or other services necessary to maintain a stable environment for the children. Services also include assistance with:
- School uniforms and supplies
- Emergency rent or utility expenses
- 87 families with 172 children and 112 adults received Aftercare services in 2017.
- 668 Home visits were made. 748 Other contacts were made.
- 43 families were provided with basic needs – food, diapers, etc.
- 62 visits were made to assist with transportation to medical appointments or to pick up prescriptions
- 8 parents received substance abuse treatment services.
- 5 parents are on parole/probation. One client received transportation assistance for legal services
- 45 families were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and received assistance including food, housing assistance, furniture, and household supplies.
- 17 families needed rent or utility assistance, 14 as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey.
- 71 families received back to school supplies
- 22 families received Thanksgiving meals
- 109 children received Christmas gifts
“Something so simple as these items can make such a difference.”
– Sister Patricia Aseltyne, IHM Aftercare Coordinator