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The Family Bound Program
Bob Lewison 30 June 2015
Transcript of The Family Bound Program
A Toolkit for Preparing Teens for Permanent Family Connections
The Family Bound Program
: overcoming core beliefs.
: trauma & loss.
Engaging teens for relationship building & mending:
Enlist all involved adults
Who has been "found"?
Who has been ID'd in TVP?
Who might volunteer?
Recruit if needed
Two group leaders
Lay out the calendar-9/10 weekly
Prepare each session
Regularly communicate with everyone
A family for each, involved & committed
prepared and debriefed
Family Bound Program launch
Keeping our promise
1: The Real Truth About Families
2: “What Are Families For, Anyway?”
3: “What Kind of Family is Best for Me?”
4: Fitting In
5: Staying In
6: Loss is a Part of Living
7: “I’ve Been a Lot of Places”
8: “I’ve Learned a Lot of Things”
9: Looking Back - Moving Forward
Understand values and feelings about family life
Learn how to claim one’s own talents and abilities
Identify issues of loss in your life
Moving towards understanding and acceptance of losses
Loss is a Part of Living
Identify the important people, places, and events in your life
Consider their influence on your ability to become part of a family differently
I’ve Been a Lot of Places
Consider the ingredients needed to help ensure positive outcomes in your life
Examine ways to bring about more positive outcomes in the future
I’ve Learned a Lot of Things
Review what has been learned
Explore what you will take with you
Looking Back–Moving Forward
Expect a degree of ambivalence
Teens need preparation for family living
Teens acute sensitivity to rejection and failure
The attachment of a youth to a new family is a unique experience
Elements to Consider
Youth and young adults need guidance, support and the support of caring adults
Preparing to move back to a family often requires practice with a family
Identify expectations about families
Clear up misconceptions
The Real Truth About Families
Understand the purpose of family
Understand the responsibilities family members have for one another
What Are Families For, Anyway?
What Kind of Family Is Best for Me?
Acknowledge differences between yourselves and other people
Learn and practice ways to get along in spite of differences
Citrus Hts, CA
5 weekend visits