Our Treatment Philosophy

Our treatment philosophy provides the foundation for our programs. It guides and supports our goals and objectives, including the methods of service delivery and staff composition. Each child and family is viewed as unique. Their participation, strengths, views and needs are essential in the development and implementation of each plan. The result is a one plan towards a common goal, through which the child and family gains a sense of hope, competence, and joy.

Self Determination:

Services are designed to involve individuals in their care, to have a voice and to feel heard. We encourage individuals to make choices and to gain a sense of progress and achievement.

Family Focused:

A primary focus is the family; accepting wholeheartedly the family’s definition of their family. We work with family members as “family experts” in the change process and provide supports that are respectful of each individual’s culture. Efforts are made to address the child and family’s needs within the continuum of programs and services provided at Hathaway-Sycamores and partnering with other services within their community to include family supports.

Community Collaboration:

Hathaway-Sycamores is a member of a larger community with complex and varying needs. As these needs are continually assessed, changes may occur in the various programs, in the allocation of resources and in our relationships with other agencies. We are involved with other service providers to build on resources and link individuals to community based services and natural supports.

Strength Based:

Strengths are identified to develop plans and interventions that build on each child and family’s strengths to meet their needs, as determined through a strength discovery process. All plans are designed to help individuals achieve their desired goals and level of functioning in the community. We help children and families identify and utilize what they do well to aid them in becoming more successful.

Needs Driven:

Supports and interventions are individualized to address unmet needs. If the plans for care are not achieving the desired outcomes, the assumption is that this is a result of an unmet need not a lack of commitment to the change process.

Unconditional Care:

Appropriate services are available to all who meet each program criteria and are not ejected from the program for displaying the behaviors that qualified them for the program.

Culturally Sensitive:

Services shall be accessible and available to all clients regardless of race, creed, color or national origin. All clients shall be treated with dignity, respectful of their culture, traditions, values and beliefs.

Outcome and Evaluation:

Our treatment programs are systematically and continually improved. Our standards for performance are compared with similar agencies and with our own past performance. The various assessments, interventions and outcomes are carefully coordinated, documented and evaluated. They serve to inform the individual’s progress towards improved competency, independence and participation in the community. The goal is to provide services that result in outcomes sooner that last longer.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services is dedicated to working with children, youth, young adults and families from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds in order to meet the range of diverse needs of our clients and families being referred for services. We do not refuse, withhold, or deny services to any present or prospective client because of race, ethnicity, gender, community, developmental level, educational background, health, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. One of the primary principles of the Agency’s philosophy is to provide services designed to meet the individual needs of our clients and families. The Agency seek to foster and celebrate the cultural and ethnic differences of the children, youth, young adults and families it serves.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)