The Functional Family Project is designed to help guide families through difficult times. This involves strengthening and assisting families in crisis to prevent separation and/or divorce. If litigation is imminent, the Project can help minimize damage to children.
The main focus of the Project is on children, on the idea that a cohesive family unit has the greatest potential to help children become secure, confident individuals who grow up to become good citizens.
On the other hand, a fractured family unity often will result in insecure children who have a greater likelihood of experiencing relationship problems, becoming involved in the legal system or failing in their educational pursuits.
Families may self-refer to the Project or referrals may come through community agencies and organizations including churches, schools, social services or medical professionals. There is no charge to participate and all information is kept strictly confidential. Participation in the Project is entirely voluntary and parents may elect to discontinue services at any time.
Once families volunteer to participate, they will be assigned a “life coach’ who will help guide parents in a direction the parents decide. Parents may choose to pursue a “reconciliation track,” designed to reunify couples or avoid separation altogether. Parents may also choose a “litigation track,” which involves ongoing support for the family throughout the court process.
Together, the life coach and family will formulate a plan for reconciliation or litigation utilizing all available resources in the community, including counseling. That plan will help family members, especially children, recognize and fulfill their unique and individual roles within the family unit.