How We Help

Mission

FamilyForward moves vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and educational services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families.

Dear Jerome,

It’s been difficult being a single dad, and when Celeste started acting out in anger, you weren’t sure where to turn. That insecurity hurt…but it also helped you find FamilyForward, who worked with you and Celeste to get to the bottom of her behavior, and move us both to a better place. Today, those dinners and bedtimes are easier. You no longer feel alone, and worry has turned into excitement as she learns and grows.

- Proud dad

Services for Children and Families

FamilyForward works to build safer, healthier relationships for children and families by offering:

Trauma Assessment and Psychological Evaluation

  • Trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive approach to understanding the impact of a child’s history on current functioning
  • Individualized recommendations to support children at home, in school, and with therapeutic interventions
  • Evaluations provided by doctorate-level mental health professionals, specifically trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)

Therapy

  • Individual, family, and group counseling provided in-home and in-office
  • Trauma-focused counseling using evidence-based practices

Coaching and Education

  • Classes for parents and caregivers
  • Mentoring for youth and parents
  • Comprehensive support for families faced with stressors such as safety, shelter, unemployment, and parenting
  • Advocacy and financial literacy services for women who have been impacted by domestic violence
  • Trauma training for professionals

Foster Care and Adoption

  • Foster care case management, as a member of Children’s Permanency Partnership
  • Recruitment, training, and licensing for foster and adoptive families
  • Home study and placement services for domestic and international adoptions
  • Intervention services to reunify children in out-of-home placement with their biological family

Therapeutic Preschool

  • Highly structured environment utilizing trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive interventions for children ages three to five experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties

Care for Children with Developmental Disabilities

  • Long-term, 24-hour residential care for non-ambulatory children ages 0-21 with significant medical needs, offering individualized habilitation programs to maximize physical, emotional, and educational growth
  • Short-term, 24-hour respite care for non-ambulatory children ages 0-21 with significant medical needs, offering flexibility and support for families

Vision

FamilyForward leads the community in providing innovative solutions for advancing safer, healthier relationships for children and families.

Getting Started

Call 314.968.2350 and ask for Intake or email intake.dept@familyforwardmo.org to learn more about FamilyForward’s services for children and families.

Outreach Impact

9,392 children and family members were served by FamilyForward in 2016.