Project Safe is a family service program for mothers and fathers who have active cases with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) as a result of neglect and/or abuse of their children and who are in jeopardy of permanently losing all parental rights. Many of these parents are referred and mandated to treatment by DCFS and the criminal justice system. The Project Safe program is designed to identify and address the major social and psychological factors that often result in parents feeling depressed and frustrated in the parenting process. These parents often resort to using alcohol and other drugs in their efforts to cope with life experiences. This can result in dysfunctional parenting behavior characterized by neglect and abuse of their children.
Project Safe addresses these problems for parents in all levels of treatment through the following five basic service components:
- Parent education group treatment
- Parental stress group treatment
- Individual, couple, and family counseling
- Case management services
- Substance use issues