PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN

PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN

The Partnership for Children is a collaboration among youth-serving agencies in Elkhart County that helps identify youth with emotional or behavioral health issues earlier, gets them help faster and improves outcomes for children and families. 
Sometimes kids need help learning to manage their behaviors and emotions. The agencies involved with Partnership for Children serve 16,000 kids in Elkhart County, and they’re in a unique position to help identify kids who are struggling. PFC exists to help those youth stay in and benefit from the partner agency, expand the youth’s network of positive support and decrease the need for costly, high-end services, such as school suspension, juvenile detention or foster care. Of youth participating in Partnership for Children:

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meet their personal goals and stay at their partner agency

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develop a stronger support system

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avoid or reduce utilization of high-end services

What does PFC do?

PFC is a group of youth serving agencies in Elkhart County, Indiana that work together to provide early assessment, support and intervention to children and youth struggling with behavioral or emotional challenges. PFC staff are trained mental health professionals who work exclusively with youth enrolled in our partner agencies. After an initial referral and screening process, youth and families are linked to the services and supports that they choose. If a youth and family’s needs are short-term then PFC staff are available to provide services such as assessment, brief therapy, skills training and case management directly. If a youth and family indicate that longer-term support is needed, then PFC staff assist with linking them to those services and supports.  Additionally, PFC trains all staff at our partner agencies in topics such as Youth Mental Health First Aid, suicide prevention, childhood trauma and other important aspects of youth mental health.

History of PFC

Partnership for Children was an idea born from The SOURCE, Elkhart County’s system of care. Leaders wanted to replicate wraparound, a model that puts families at the center of treatment and “wraps” them in support. United in their common desire to improve the lives of children and families, and thanks to an initial grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, leaders of these organizations came together to launch Partnership for Children in 2015. Thanks to continued support from the Community Foundation, the Oaklawn Foundation, financial partners Rober Weed Corporation, Everence, Ancon Construction, Lake City Bank and others, the Partnership continues to thrive.

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How can my child join PFC?

Children must be referred to PFC through one of our partner agencies, listed above. Your child may already be involved with one of these programs and you can inquire with their staff about a referral to PFC. If you would like to enroll your child in one of our partner agencies, contact them directly. Their staff can help determine if PFC is right for your family. 

My child has been referred to PFC. Now what?

We will contact you with details about starting services. Services are provided at a time and location convenient to you and are confidential. Our staff works with you and your child to set individualized goals and map out a plan for success. 

How much does PFC cost?

Thanks to generous financial support from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, the Oaklawn Foundation, Robert Weed Corporation, Ancon Construction, Everence, Lake City Bank, Goshen Noon Kiwanis Club and others, Partnership for Children is offered free to families!

My agency wants to join PFC.

If your youth-serving agency is interested in joining Partnership for Children, contact Rebecca Shetler Fast at rebecca.shetler-fast@oaklawn.org

I want to donate to PFC.

You can donate to PFC through the Oaklawn Foundation at www.oaklawndonate.org/give. If you are interested in becoming a premier financial partner of PFC, contact Kari Tarman, Executive Director of the Oaklawn Foundation at 574-533-1234, ext. 2066, or email kari.tarman@oaklawn.org

Still have questions?

Contact us at pfc@oaklawn.org or 574-202-2781.

Making a Referral

This 12-minute video gives step by step instructions on how Elkhart County PFC partner organizations can refer a child/youth to the program. 

PFC Partner Resources

PFC Referral Quick Reference

This 2-page printable pdf will guide you through the process to refer a child/family to PFC.

PFC Referral Form

This 1-page referral form can be downloaded as a Word document and filled in electronically. 

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

The SDQ is a 25 item, free screening tool that gives us important information about how a child/youth is doing with their emotions and behavior and what strengths can be built upon.

PFC Flyer (English)

A flyer in English to share with parents and caregivers when explaining PFC to them.

PFC Flyer (Spanish)

A flyer in Spanish to share with parents and caregivers when explaining PFC to them.

Monthly Foundational Trainings

A printable 3-month guide to the PFC Partner Monthly Foundational trainings.

Training Catalog

A full list of all the trainings available through The SOURCE.

PFC Poster

A printable 8.5 x 11 inch poster that describes the PFC basics.

PFC Partner Monthly Foundational Trainings

PFC Partners have access to monthly trainings on children’s mental health. Trainings are sponsored by The SOURCE and PFC as part of Oaklawn. For details and registration links, see The SOURCE’s training page. For recordings of past videos, see below.

Teen Mental Health & Wellness: Managing Stress

15 minute view

Returning to Calm After Big Feelings: Self-Regulation for Children 

14 minute view

Building Connections through Play

17 minute view  

Developing Empathy in Children

8 minute view

Trauma Informed Environment for Children

14 minute view

Cultural Competency

1 hour & 15 min view

ACE Interface

1 hour & 40 min view

Cultural Competency Part 2: Working with Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Parents

1 hour & 35 min view

The Source • Youth Mental Health Network

CALL TO ACTION

If you or your child need help or have questions, check out our list of community resources and remember, IT’S OK TO ASK!

IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM

For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM

For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.