About Sustainable Family Services

We provide mental health, wellness, and educational services to high-conflict/high-risk individuals and families in need.  By maximizing community resources, utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques, and addressing the unique needs of each member, we aim to create long-term success for families and communities.  Every child deserves the chance to flourish emotionally, socially, physically, and nutritionally in a safe, loving home.

As an agency, it is our goal to meet the individual needs of our clients and families in an effort to strengthen the entire familial system.  We offer extensive therapeutic services, classes, trainings, workshops, and work closely with community partners to meet a variety of needs and bridge service gaps. We do not adhere to exclusionary policies for clients, including age, race, gender, individual ethnic background, religion, education, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Core Services

  • Individual Therapy

    We accept clients of all ages and practice a variety of clinical techniques such as:  In-Home Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), Play Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Experiential Therapy. Many of our clients have been victims of abuse, neglect, or trauma, and are struggling with mental illness, addiction, PTSD, poverty, autism, or other learning disabilities.

  • Animal-Assisted Therapy

    In our “Rescues, Rescue” program, we work with local animal shelters and organizations to adopt homeless dogs and train them to become therapy or emotional support pets for children and families who struggle with trauma, divorce, autism, and emotional disabilities.  We also partner with other organizations to provide equine and other animal-focused treatments.

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  • Children’s Therapies

    We have partnered with Children’s Therapy Associates, Inc. (http://www.ctaflorida.com/) to better serve the diverse needs of the children we work with.  This amazing group of professionals will provide Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapies to children, ages birth through adolescence, who have a variety diagnosis including:  Autism, ADHD, Aspergers, Sensory Processing Disorders(SPD), Down Syndrome, mental health diagnosis, difficulty with learning, difficulty with social skills, difficulty with self-regulation, adverse sensory-processing behaviors, social and emotional difficulties, issues with handwriting, fine motor skills, visual perceptual/visual motor skills, gross motor skills, motor planning difficulties, and children who have eating difficulties/limited diets.

  • Family Engagement

    Our primary casework structure operates to enhance the well-being, safety, and create  a supported sustainable permanency solution for children. By enacting a family-centered, strengths-based approach, we partner with biological parents and relatives to help individuals assess their needs, set goals, make and implement decisions, and ultimately support them in achieving a desired outcome. Communicating with family members in an open, honest way facilitates a culture of long-term support and mutual cooperation.  In this model, we provide direct case management services and strive to meet the individual needs of each family member.

  • Family Coaching, Counseling, & Crisis Intervention

    At times, foster, adoptive, kinship, or birth families may struggle to effectively navigate parenting, behaviors, or environmental stressors in a home.  We work to stabilize families suffering with mental, behavioral, physical, emotional, or situational distress and problems by providing necessary immediate or long-term assistance and care. We conduct a personalized assessment to help families identify key difficulties, strengthen connectedness, strengthen relationships, and help to form appropriate boundaries, structure and routine.  We also assist multi-generational, blended, divorced, traditional, and non-traditional families facing a variety of intricate issues.

  • Education & Training

    Having frequent access to trainings, support, information, and credentialing opportunities is critical for parents, potential foster or adoptive parents, and professionals. Our professionals provide direct services and partner with other groups and agencies to increase opportunities for professionals, families, and youth to enhance their skills.  We also create alternative opportunities for those interested in becoming involved in the foster care or adoption process.

Agency Areas of Focus

Mental Health

Individual Therapy

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Family Engagement

Family Counseling

Wellness

Life Coaching

Where I Belong

Food & Nutrition

Education

LEAN Start Classes

Life-Skills Classes

Foster Care & Adoption Support

Aid for Teens or Youth Aging out of the Foster Care System (“Careleavers”)

Help Us Help Others

If you are interested in volunteering with, or donating to our lead sponsoring non-profit organization,
the Foundation for Sustainable Families, please see the many ways we support and aid families and children: