Partners with Families and Children began serving Spokane eighteen years ago. Initially focused on area victims of child abuse and neglect, experts at Partners directed their efforts toward diagnosis and treatment for these children. Today, that focus has been expanded to include finding permanent placement of foster children, legal advocacy for children, forensic interviews, and a broad scope of family-centered services.
Partners utilizes the skills and experience of medical doctors, nurse practitioners and social service providers, mental health professionals, experts in family violence and chemical dependency treatment, child development specialists, educators, and legal advocates to work with children and families and help them make positive progress toward achieving their goals.
In addition to direct interaction with children and their families, Partners proactively participates in research to determine which programs are effective and have the most potential. This Research has demonstrated that integrating health, child welfare, mental health and chemical dependency treatment is not only more effective but also less costly.
Families are free to choose a support team that may include friends and extended family along with professional and community resources. In addition to professional service providers, Partners reaches out to both public and private community resources to help families facing issues with housing, food, clothing, transportation, job opportunities and skills training..