Direct Family Interventions

Direct Family Interventions provides in-home services to families in Rock Island and Mercer counties in Illinois who have communication or relationship problems. A Bethany case manager works with the family over a six to nine-month period, teaching the basic skills necessary to properly parent and/or supervise children. Families are given various community resources to increase appropriate, safe, family function and reduce or eliminate future charges of neglect or abuse, or police contacts.

Services Provided by Direct Family Interventions

Direct Family Interventions provides a variety of support to at-risk families. Case managers provide therapeutic services to address:

  • Parenting skills

  • Social skills development

  • Problem solving skills

  • Behavior management

  • Communication skills

  • Life skills (budgeting, cleaning, cooking)

  • Anger management

  • Relationship problems

  • Referrals to community resources

  • Advocacy

A Client Family of Direct Family Interventions

Cost of Direct Family Interventions

Direct Family Interventions is available at no cost to families who live in Rock Island and Mercer counties in Illinois. This program is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the United Way of the Quad Cities area.

Referring Families to Direct Family Interventions

The family may contact the agency themselves, or referrals may be made by a teacher, counselor, physician, Juvenile Court officer, the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, or any individual with concerns for a child's well-being. A family does not have to be involved with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services or the court system to participate in the Direct Family Interventions program.

A Story of Success from Clients of
Direct Family Interventions

Removed from the home of their abusive biological parents, McKenzie and Molly were 4 and 6 years old when they were placed in foster care with Rose, who later adopted them. Seven years later, Rose died after a battle with cancer. At ages 11 and 13, suffering from the grief of losing their mother and witnessing the dramatic decline in her health, the girls began to present significant behavioral problems and were struggling at home and school.

The girls moved in with Rose’s sister, but after just a few weeks she asked their great aunt Cindy to take over. Cindy moved to town to care for them. In addition to their grief, the girls felt rejected, abandoned, and afraid. Cindy questioned whether she could parent them. She was consumed with doubt and dismay.

Kit, the Direct Family Interventions case manager, taught Cindy to adjust her parenting practices to include the impact of the girls’ traumatic life experiences. Kit taught the sisters coping skills and encouraged them to express themselves in a healthy manner. Together, the family received counseling to define family roles and to establish positive attachments to each other.

The family received specialized grief services. The sisters started formal mental health treatment and began medications to help alleviate some of the symptoms they experienced.

Over six months in the Direct Family Interventions Program, Cindy learned how trauma had impacted the girls, how to better communicate, and to set effective boundaries. The sisters shared their thoughts and feelings and accepted that Cindy was committed to their new family. The family’s stability has improved and both children are doing well academically and are no longer disruptive in school.