Circles of Support equips the children and families of Alaska to maintain their ability to live in safe and nurturing environments. Through this program, CITC’s Child and Family Services Department operates home-based programs that are family-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused, and trauma-informed. Services of Circles of Support include:
Family and Child Skills Development: Parenting and Healthy Relationships classes offer information, education, and skills-modeling on household routines, rules, discipline programs, family communication, behavior management, and parenting abilities. Individualized parent education is also conducted in the home to help parents apply the skills they learn in class.
Case Management: Circles of Support case management helps meet families’ needs when attending meetings, including providing transportation, and lends guidance in identifying informal support systems like family, friends, church, and other resources. Family Service Workers also provide advocacy that helps participants access child service systems, including education, mental health, and enrichment opportunities.
Additional Services: Includes assisting families to broaden their social support networks; access to transportation, housing, food, and other resources to acquire household goods, food, clothing, and toys for healthy development; and support for seeking Tribal, State, and Federal benefit programs like childcare, respite, medical and dental services, and legal aid.
Recovery Services: Participants of the Circles of Support program will receive priority access to CITC’s continuum of services, including access to our Recovery Services programs to support their recovery journeys, as appropriate.
While CITC’s Family Services serves people of all ethnicities, CITC is motivated to provide this service due to the disproportionate representation of Alaska Native children and families with in the Office of Children’s Services (OCS). Circles of Support accepts families referred by the OCS.