Family Blueprint

A Family Blueprint is a ‘plan of action’ for the family. If you have a child who is veering off course, the 1st step from reaction to pro-action is a Family Blueprint.

Identifying the Need

For the Challenging Child: Do you have a child who is ‘demanding rigorous attention’. This child may be exhibiting serious behaviors that are a detriment to your child and your family. (For symptoms and more information on the Challenging Child, click here.) If your child is ‘demanding rigorous attention’, as a first step, we will recommend a Family Blueprint. (Note: If your child is in an emergent situation, we may recommend immediate action then, once your child is stabilized, we will recommend a Family Blueprint.)

For the Capricious Child: Do you have a child who seems to be ‘acting on impulse’? This child may be making bad choices by acting without thinking and you are trying to figure out what to do. (For symptoms and more information on the Capricious Child, click here.) If your child is ‘acting on impulse’, as a first step, we will recommend a Family Blueprint.

For the Collective Child: Do you have a child who is ‘needing continual support’? This child may have special health needs or disabilities that make their situation unique. (For symptoms and more information on the Collective Child, click here.) Depending on the seriousness of your situation, with the Collective Child, we MAY recommend a Family Blueprint.

For the Checked-out Child or the Curious Child, we will usually NOT recommend a Family Blueprint. (For symptoms and more information on the Checked-out Child, click here; for the Curious Child, click here.)

The Process

As a part of the Family Blueprint process, we work with parents to develop a definitive plan that makes recommendations regarding services that are needed; and then walk them through the process of connecting them with those services. The plan is usually 3-5 pages long with a series of recommendations and measurable goals for next steps. The overall goal is healing for the child and the family.

We desire to work with those who realize the need for change and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. 

The overall process is as follows:

  1. Contact Us: Give us a call @ (844) 54-FAMILY or e-mail kent@4families.org. If you are in an emergent situation, we will recommend immediate action, then walk you through the next steps. If:
    • Your child is suicidal, immediately call 911, then call us
    • Your child is aggressive or violent, immediately call 911, then call us
    • Your child is completely out of control, immediately call 911, then call us
  2. Assessment: On the phone, we will ask a number of questions to assess your situation, then make recommendations accordingly.
  3. Interviews: If we think that your situation warrants a Family Blueprint, we will then set up a number of interviews. These interviews will include:
    • An interview with the Parent(s)
    • An interview with the Child
    • An interview with the Child and Parents
  4. Recommendations: Once the Interviews have concluded, it usually takes 2-3 days to write the Family Blueprint. The Family Blueprint includes the following recommendations:
    • Whether we can help: There are times that we assess a situation and we realize that we can’t help. This may involve one of many things. We may not have the right program for your child, for example. If we can’t help you, we can and will recommend other organizations that we have identified that can help.
    • Three Options: We will always provide 3 options for you in order of recommended priority. This gives you choices that you can think about as you determine next steps.
    • Measurable Goals: Our goal recommendations are clear and specific.
  5. Ongoing Support: With our Family Blueprint, there is ongoing support. (For example, if a child has gotten in trouble with the law, we will go to court with you and provide the support you need.) We will identify that support as a part of the plan and how that will be assessed.

Cost

There is a cost to developing a Family Blueprint. We will address the cost AT THE END of the first contact with you. However, we NEVER want finances to be a hindrance to helping your child and family. We will work with those that we believe we can truly help.

Contact Us

Give us a call @ (844) 54-FAMILY or e-mail kent@4families.org. We look forward to serving you.