In its mission to provide vital services to the community, EOTC actively collaborates with other agencies and partners. These cooperative efforts assess community needs, seek consumer input, identify appropriate models, and steer programs and fund development efforts.
In addition to serving as managing partner for the collaborative Scranton Area Family Center, EOTC is active on several community boards such as the Lackawanna County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Center for Family Engagement (child welfare planning).
Communities That Care
For more than a decade, EOTC has promoted the nationally recognized Communities That Care model for positive youth development. Examples of our work include: facilitation of the PA Youth Survey to help identify community needs; involvement in the County’s anti-truancy initiative; leadership of an interagency consortium to increase the availability of mentoring for at-risk youth; and the replication of research-based violence prevention programs, such as the Incredible Years model.
Child Welfare and Education Initiatives
EOTC is a member of Lackawanna County’s Success by Six coalition, the Drug and Alcohol Commission’s service improvement team, the Interagency Council and similar strategic efforts. The agency spearheads efforts to proliferate effective programs. For example, EOTC facilitated training for area case workers to learn Family-Group Decision Making, a strategy that helps families overcome challenging issues such as reunification after a child’s foster care placement.
Special Court Case Management Teams
EOTC works collaboratively with cross-agency teams supporting Lackawanna County Court initiatives, including Treatment Court, Mental Health Court and Intensive Reunification Court (dependency cases). In addition to providing case management services for individuals and families referred by the Court, EOTC responds with innovative group programs such as a new Women’s Transition program offered in collaboration with the County Treatment Court.