Child & Family Services

iStock_000016102591XLargeRGBChild and Family Services (CFS) offers individual, family, group and school-based counseling, using evidence-based, proven interventions for children and family members who have experienced trauma.

Clients seek treatment to recover from child physical and sexual abuse, community and family violence, crime and other types of trauma. Additionally, counselors help clients navigate parenthood, child behavioral problems, school issues, family transitions, such as divorce, blended families and health issues.

Specialized treatment includes using trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, motivational interviewing, play therapy and solution focused interventions. Family Treatment is an integral focus of the service believing that for children/youth to heal, the family/caregivers should be included in the family rebuilding and recovery process when safe to do so.

Staff includes licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, certified social workers and marriage and family therapy associates.

Referrals come through the Centralized Intake Department, which screens clients for eligibility and arranges intake appointments. Counseling Offices are located at the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center in downtown Louisville, in Shively and in New Albany and Jeffersonville, Ind. All sites are accessible via bus routes and handicapped-accessible. Dependent on client eligibility, CFS offers some services at no charge, such as for survivors impacted by crime, for those under government/state contracts and those that may fall under certain funding criteria. Kentucky Medicaid eligibility is determined during Intake.

In addition to counseling services, CFS provides care through the Child Welfare Program, which receives referrals from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Indiana Department of Child and Family Services, law enforcement and Jefferson County Courts.

Included in this service is the Supervised Visitation Center at the Shively Center Office and a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary Parenting Assessment Program (FORECAST) for Jefferson County. Referrals for the visitation center and FORECAST come through the courts or the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The Supervised Visitation Center provides a safe place for visits/ exchanges for children and families impacted by intimate partner violence and for children removed from their home due to abuse/severe neglect. By providing monitored, secured visits, children and families can continue contact when approved in a safe and secure setting.

Home-based counseling and services, school counseling and office-based counseling including Medicaid eligible clients is available through the Indiana office.

Outcomes: Last year, 1,581 individuals received counseling, supervised visitation and home-based services through the CFS program.