The Caring Connections Center is a “family resource center” and part of the Student Assistance Program for the Poway Unified School District. The focus of service is for students in gradesK-12 who may be experiencing any of the following: difficult situations at home or in school, depression, continued academic failure, involvement in violence-related offenses, alcohol or other drug related behavior. Families may be referred by school personnel, or may choose to self-refer for assistance.
Once referred to the Caring Connections Center, families participate in a “Family Conference” to discuss school perceptions, goals, family concerns, “stressors”, medical issues, and family background. At the conference, families learn to identify and prioritize their concerns, create an Action Plan, and connect with appropriate school and community resources. The goal of the family conference is to build on family strengths while encouraging self-advocacy and awareness of community services that support student wellbeing.
The Action Plan is then shared with the school site and counselors follow up with the family in about two weeks to assess their progress on the Action Plan.
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