Founded in 1944 in Jackson, Michigan, a medium-sized town about forty miles west of Ann Arbor, Family Service and Children’s Aid is an organization that serves families in Jackson County through counseling, foster care, adoption, community and school-based programs and affordable substance abuse treatment. The Born Free program is dedicated to providing outpatient treatment support and assistance to adult women struggling to overcome a substance abuse problem.
Treatment and Staff
Women interested in Born Free initially undergo a phone assessment with one of the organization’s intake coordinators to determine if they are a good fit for the program. Potential clients then come in for an intake appointment with a counselor where they chart out a potential treatment plan. Clients who are unstable or going through withdrawal, will be referred to outside detox facilities or residential treatment centers.
Born Free is essentially an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which consists of both group and individual therapy. Although the length and intensity of the program is based on the needs of the client, they generally meet for group three days a week. The groups last for three to four hours and consist of life skills training, education and relapse prevention. Counselors also offer a variety of other group meetings that focus on specific women’s health issues. Individual meetings are also available based on the needs of the client.
Born Free is not 12-step based, but counselors regularly refer clients to outside NA and AA meetings in the area and encourage them to find sponsors. Born Free is not equipped to offer dual diagnosis support, so clients with potential co-occurring disorders are referred to outside mental health counselors. All of Family Service and Children’s Aid’s counselors are licensed and are a mixture of Master’s-level CADCs, LPCs and LSCWs.
Family Service and Children’s Aid offers on-site childcare for women with children.
The organization a family program that consists of both individual and group family meetings. The group meetings usually include two to seven family’s and are lead by one counselor. The individual meetings consist of the counselor, client and their family members. However, these meetings are only offered based on the consent of the client. Both the group and individual meetings aim to address family issues that lead to the clients substance abuse and aim to establish healthy communication practices in the family.
Although Family Service and Children’s Aid does not have an aftercare program, clients are allowed to come back and meet with their case manager as needed for up to three years after leaving the program.
The Born Free program offered by Family Service and Children’s Aid provides affordable and family-oriented outpatient substance abuse treatment to female clients in the Jackson area. The onsite day care allows women with children the flexibility to attend treatment whenever they need. The group and individual family meetings also provide clients with the opportunity fully address family and codependency issues while in treatment. Also, clients being able to return and meet with their case manager for three years following their discharge provides clients with a high level of support.
Family Service and Children’s Aid: Born Free
300 W. Louis Glick Hwy
Jackson, MI 49201
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