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Child Welfare Services and Beliefs


Midwest Family and Community Resources (MFCR) is a newer out-patient mental health provider agency. Our mission is to provide the highest quality trauma informed treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults that will help families cope with the sometimes crippling effects that abuse and neglect can cause in our communities. MFCR leadership has developed and directed programs within child welfare for over 20 years. It is the mission of MFCR to bring top quality mental health services to families.
The cornerstones of MFCR include:

Trauma Informed Practice:
MFCR believes that uniform and accepted assessment is a priority before incorporating a treatment approach. We have some staff CANS certified and are in process of having all staff CANS certified. We utilize trauma specific psychometrics. There is a plethora of research being published that indicates there are more effective treatment practices than others for children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. Some of the more prevalent ACE�s for the wards include sexual abuse, physical abuse, and exposure to violence, which TF-CBT has been demonstrated to show higher rates of treatment effectiveness.

Community Engagement:
MFCR has the capability to provide services in the homes of the families it serves. Our clinicians have been trained and are experienced at providing mental health services within the environments that the families are most comfortable. We also have multiple office locations to serve the South Side and south suburbs of Chicago. Our staff is experienced at participating in ACR�s, CAYIT�s, school meetings, and court proceedings.
We also work on building parenting skills and healthy relationships through mentoring.

Family Systems:
MFCR is based on an eco-systemic model of service delivery. We believe that the children involved in the child welfare system are best served when family and close relationships can be maintained and strengthened. We understand the number of services and providers involved in any one case can be extensive. MFCR takes an active role in trying to focus services and allow providers to all pull in the same direction for the betterment of the children and families.

Strength-based Model:
Strength based models are often spoken or written about, but sadly the actual practices do not often live up to the promises. MFCR takes seriously the strength-based concept of service delivery. From point of entry, MFCR is able to identify and build upon the strengths of not only the client, but the family system. CANS assessments, growth oriented treatment goals and objectives as well as resiliency and solution-focused interventions are some of the examples of strengths being woven throughout the service process.

MFCR's eco-systemic approach to services lends well to a higher level of communication and collaboration between all important stakeholders. We understand how each stakeholder�s role is important to the overall well-being of the child and family. We are skilled at identifying how the stakeholders can fit together and offer the best possible chance of meeting the service plan permanency goal. We have cultivated relationships with schools, faith based organizations, community resources, court systems, and other child welfare providers to reach favourable outcomes.

MFCR values providing great clinical services to individuals, families and in group settings. We are committed to staying up to date on practices, research, and training. We would be excited to develop a collaboration with like-minded agencies that allows individuals and families involved in child welfare to receive the best services available.
We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you or your contract liaison to discuss further the possibility of developing a community service partnership.

Click to access an on-line referral form to use in referring a client
For more information please email  rthurman@mfcr.info