Children, Youth, and Families

Eliot’s Children, Youth, and Families programming encompasses a broad array of outreach and wraparound services including Parenting and Pregnancy Support, Children’s Community-Based Programming, Residential Programs, and The NAN Project, a mental health awareness and suicide prevention program.

Eliot recognizes the prevalence and impact of trauma and traumatic stress on children, youth, and families.  Staff are trained in a variety of evidence-based and trauma-informed models, including Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT); Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC); and Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).


PregnancyEarly Childhood, and Caregiving Support

Early Intervention:  Helps children from birth to three years of age who may have some delay in development, or who are at risk of delay due to family or environmental factors.  Learn more about Early Intervention here.

Family Resource Center:  Offers sensible solutions to families seeking health, safety, educational, and employment services.  Learn more about Eliot’s Family Resource Center here.

Foster and Adoption Services:  Utilizes a network of counselors who help foster parents understand and manage the needs of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.  Eliot also provides assistance to adoptive families.  Learn more about Foster and Adoption Services here.

Healthy Families (Support for Young Parents):  Offers a voluntary and free home-based family coaching program that supports young, first-time parents and helps them create stable, nurturing environments for their children. Healthy Families Massachusetts is a program of the Children’s Trust, and is implemented locally by Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), a division of Eliot.  Learn more about Healthy Families here.

Mental Health Consultation:  Provides assessment, intervention, and support strategies to address behavioral challenges.  Learn more about Mental Health Consultation here.

Children, Youth, and Families Behavioral Health

Family Support and Training (FST):  Provides a structured, one-to-one, strengths-based relationship between a Family Partner and a parent/caregiver of a youth. Learn more about Family Support and Training here.

In-Home Therapy (IHT):  Provides short-term family therapy to assist the family in stabilizing children in their homes during times of crisis.  Learn more about In-Home Therapy here

Intensive Care Coordination:  Utilizes the wraparound care planning process to coordinate multiple supports for youth and families.  Learn more about Intensive Care Coordination here.

Mobile Crisis Intervention:  Provides mobile response in the home, school, or other community settings for youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis.  Learn more about Mobile Crisis Intervention here.

Outpatient TherapyOffers a variety of short to long-term interventions for children, youth and their families.  Learn more about Outpatient Therapy here.

Therapeutic Mentoring:  Offers one-on-one support for daily living, social, and communication needs to youth.  Learn more about Therapeutic Mentoring here.

Survivor Services:  Provides services to individuals, families, and the community to promote recognition, understanding, and recovery from the impact of traumatic victimization.  Learn more about Survivor Services here.

Residential Programs

Juvenile Justice Residences:  Delivers a residential network for court-involved youth, ages 13-21, who are in need of placement while awaiting return to court, assessment, or residential treatment.  Learn more about Eliot’s Juvenile Justice Residences here.

Emergency Residence Programs:  Serve children and youth referred through the Department of Children and Families in safe, homelike settings.  Learn more about Eliot’s Emergency Residence Programs here.

Suicide Prevention

The NAN Project: is dedicated to raising the conversation about depression and suicide above a whisper by giving communities and schools the forum, tools, and resources needed to accept and address depression and suicidality. Learn more about The NAN Project here.

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It is Eliot’s policy that: no one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay; and there is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available based on family size and income.

Children, Youth, and Families Behavioral Health

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