The Sylvia Thomas Center provides intensive case management support to post-adoptive families in crisis. Through case management, families will be linked to additional services and supports with STC and with other community agencies. Common goals are to stabilize behavior in the home or in school, improve communication among family members, promote educational success, and provide opportunities for healthy expression through arts or other extracurricular activities. Ultimately, the goal is to avoid out-of-home placement and/or dissolution of adoption.
Our case management is both family-centered and adoption competent. Duration of services is dependent upon the needs of the family. Our trained personnel provide parents with the tools and resources needed to stabilize their household and enhance attachment. Our agency two full-time adoption support counselors, BSW and MSW interns, and the ability to contract with adoption competent mentors and therapists. Referrals start with a telephone intake with the parent, then a home visit to conduct a needs assessment and family support plan.
We have several support groups for adoptive parents, children, and young adults.
PEP Talk (Parents Empowering Parents) is a drop-in group where parents share and connect to form informal networks and friendships with other adoptive parents. Parents lead and determine the topics of discussion each week. The meeting includes coffee and pastries. Please note: no child care is available.
Adoptive Parents Support is a psycho-educational group meeting with a topic and speaker each month. We share information about trauma and attachment, self-regulation, etc. Please note: child care is available and light refreshments.
Teen Scene is an adolescent support group for youth ages 13 through 17. This therapeutic group uses group discussion, interactive crafts and games to learn skills around trust building, integrity, communications, boundaries, friendship, etc. Note: for post-adoptive teens only. Pizza and a light snack are included.
Forever Friends Kids’ Club includes any child in the home, ages 5 to 12, who is living with an adoptive child or has been adopted him/herself. This group relies heavily on interactive crafts and games to address topics such as bullying, cyber-safety, self-regulation, trust, friendship, etc. Pizza and a light snack are included.
We proactively encourage all family support services, community members, families, and friends to refer adoptive families to the Sylvia Thomas Center that are interested in our program, need help, want more information or want phone support.
Visit our Brandon Facility to access our resource library. You may borrow from a variety of detail subject-matter collateral and also take advantage of our Resource webpage for further information on the Internet.
Our staff is knowledgeable about community resources and events. Call the Sylvia Thomas Center to link to other programs that will assist your family.
Sylvia Thomas Center provides advocacy services provide staff personnel to attend meetings and appointments with or without the adoptive parents being present for the benefit and protect the child. We can also assist by attending IEP meetings, DJJ hearings, etc. with adoptive parents to help better determine and understand the needs of the child and render professional recommendations. We strongly encourage all providers that come in contact with an adoptive family who are unfamiliar with our program services to refer the family to the Sylvia Thomas Center for additional support.