Jacob Center Services
The Jacob Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, child and family trauma center that has been operating out of Fort Collins since 1988. The Jacob Center serves youth and their families throughout northern Colorado with a focus on resilience based and trauma informed interventions and the mission to foster resilience, promote felt safety, and inspire positive and lasting change.
The Jacob Center works in connection with DHS to work with youth and their families that are involved in or at risk of being involved in the child welfare system. The Jacob Center provides several different types of programming based on the needs of the family.
Youth and Family Coaching
One of the more popular programs in the organization, youth and family coaching pairs one of the Jacob Center Coaches with a youth and their family to coordinate care. Youth and Family Coaching is a relationship based, goal focused support that works to teach independent living skills, regulation skills, and self-sufficiency for youth and their families/caregivers. Coaches work as mentors for youth places in this program and take youth out into the community for activities and work with the family to connect to resources within the community. Families and youth can be referred to this program through DHS or as a part of our extended care program, therapists, school counselors, and other mental health professionals.
Family Resilience Coordination
Family Resiliency Coordination (FRC) focuses more on collective family care and can be a care program with a connection to Youth and Family coaching. Family Resiliency Coordination helps families heal and navigate community resources while ensuring appropriate treatment goals are being met. Families in the FRC programming are connected with an FRC coach to help provide connection to community resources and trauma informed regulation practices. Youth along with their caregivers, work closely with the FRC coach to build resiliency and behavioral management. If a case worker is involved, the coach connects and works with them to ensure rounded care for the family.
Supervised Family Time
Supervised Family Time is a program that enables children to visit with their families in a safe and therapeutic environment. This program is for families who have limited visitation rights with their children and provides a safe and supervised space to allow the maintenance of the connection with the child. Families are connected to a supervisor for the visits that coordinates communication for these visits between the child’s family and the foster family or caregiving system that they are currently placed in while providing case notes to the social worker who is connected to the case.
Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI)
Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) is a holistic, trauma informed intervention with specialized training for caregivers and professionals. All of the staff for the different programming at the Jacob Center are trained in TBRI and implement this practice in all programs across the organization. Trained TBRI professionals provide trauma-informed training to caregivers for themselves and their families as well as training for other mental health professionals to promote strength based care.
If you have more questions or would like to refer or support this organization, please see The Jacob Center Website: www.jacobcenter.org