ERIC Number: ED364022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Crisis Nursery Services: Responding to Ongoing Family Crises. ARCH Factsheet Number 26.
The use of crisis nursery care as a viable alternative for the consumer experiencing chronic and ongoing family crises calls for consideration of various programmatic and staffing issues. Combinations of family problems, including homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, family violence, and chronic illness of a family member, may precipitate a need for the use of a crisis nursery. Developing effective programs requires: (1) service coordination skills in linking consumers to the community services they need, (2) allowance for frequent and varied child visitation at the nursery, and (3) individual and/or group counseling for the parents. Crisis nursery care is a viable support for parents in the Child Protective Services (CPS) system if the roles of the nursery staff and the state/county agency are clear. Children placed voluntarily in the crisis nursery program by their parents and children referred by the CPS agency can be effectively integrated in the same program. Crisis nursery care for consumers who may repeatedly need to use the program's services differs from basic prevention services since the families' problems are more intense and complex, children have been subjected to unstable home situations for longer periods of time, and the families require more intensive program services. (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHHS/OHS), Washington, DC.; North Carolina State Div. of Mental Health, Raleigh. Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.
Authoring Institution: ARCH National Resource Center for Crisis Nurseries and Respite Care Services, Chapel Hill, NC.