UnitedHealthcare is proud to support the Children’s Home Family Support Coach program, along with our foster care and adoption fair in an effort to find, recruit and support families that can provide the love and security children need.
The opioid epidemic is one contributing factor to a steadily rising number of children facing out of home care. In Minnesota alone, there are 820 children in immediate need of adoption.1 When children are removed from their home due to opioid abuse, there is a need for ongoing care and mental health support, so as to minimize the trauma children may face.
The Family Support Coach program is one way we are addressing the unique needs of children who are removed from their parents’ care. The program provides free support to families after an adoption is completed, with a keen understanding of the impact of childhood trauma on brain development. Through weekly meetings with our coach—utilizing Neurosequential Model (NMT), Quality Parenting (QP) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)—families gain further insights into childhood trauma as it relates to their specific situation, and learn new ways to strengthen their family relationships and improve their child(ren)’s health.
The work Children’s Home is doing through the Family Support Coach program was brought to the attention of UnitedHealthcare by an employee who has adopted two kids through our organization. The program complements UnitedHealthcare’s company-wide effort to confront the opioid epidemic.
We are so thankful for UnitedHealthcare’s support.