Rainbows is a program for children and adolescents (K-12) who are dealing with major family changes such as divorce or death. The 12-week program seeks to provide a “rainbow” after the storm in a child’s life. Its goals are to help participants understand and express their feelings, to build a stronger sense of self-esteem, and to direct their energy toward a healthy acceptance of the changes that have taken place. Facilitated by Abigail Ribecky, MS, Trauma Certified, Rainbows Coordinator at Ozaukee Family Services. (Childcare will not be offered during Rainbows).
A concurrent parent group is available for any interested parents to help them understand how they can best support their child(ren) as they navigate through the changes in their lives.
Compassionate and empathetic volunteers are needed as facilitators in this program. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested.
Coordinated Services Team (CST)
Ozaukee Family Services contracts with Ozaukee County Human Services to run the Coordinated Services Team initiative in Ozaukee County. The CST initiative is a community-based team process that assists families by promoting collaboration among their service providers. This process allows a team of providers to work with parents and natural supports to achieve goals and meet the needs of youth and families in Ozaukee County. Core Values:
- Builds on natural and community supports
- Unconditional Care
- Collaboration across systems
- Focus on education and work
- Belief in growth, learning and recovery
- Oriented to meaningful outcomes
Ozaukee Family Services partners with Ozaukee County Human Services to provide the Family Steps Program in Ozaukee County. The Family Steps Program provides a continuum of free services to children (ages 0-14) and families in Ozaukee County. Following a comprehensive assessment, Family Steps works with families to identify areas in need of intervention and will then develop an effective treatment plan to help resolve on-going issues. Services provided include:
- Behavior Modification
- Parenting skills enhancement
- Education and prevention
- Family therapy
- Helping families effectively utilize community resources
Guys Group is an 8-week mentoring group for boys in middle and high school. This group is designed to give guys the tools to develop social and emotional well-being. This is an exciting opportunity for guys to make connections with peers and positive male role models in the community while learning essential coping skills to manage daily stressors. Guys Groups are run at Ozaukee Family Services as well as in several local schools.
Girls Group is designed for girls in grades 1 – 8 who may be struggling with low self-esteem, experiencing social problems, having difficulty dealing with emotions, going through changes (moving, death, divorce, etc.), encountering problems at home or school, or who just need the positive structure and environment of a counseling group.