Examples of EOTC programs that help individuals or families affected by court-ordered directives:
Access and Visitation
For parents with child custody issues, EOTC offers supervised visitation for non-custodial parents at the Scranton Area Family Center. Parents and children can meet regularly in a safe, welcoming environment. Adults improve parenting skills and receive help with child support questions. Parent-child bonds are maintained and strengthened.
Currently, over 30 families participate in EOTC’s supervised visitation services — benefitting about 90 children. Because of the program, more than 90% of participants reach co-parenting agreements, and child support payments are maintained or increased. Based on EOTC outcomes compared to national supervised visitation expectations, the taxpayer benefit is $3.00 of increased child support for every $1.00 spent for the program.
Time Limited Family Reunification
The Family Reunification program is offered in partnership with Lackawanna County Children and Youth Services, with the goal of finding stable, permanent placement for certain children in the foster care system. EOTC provided intensive case management for nearly 40 families last year — benefitting over 90 children.
EOTC reunification specialists work with the children and their foster families in order to reduce the number of placement moves during foster care. During this period, our specialists also work with parents to help stabilize the family situation, with the hope of reuniting children with their families within 15 months or less. EOTC helps families to address parenting and substance abuse issues, medical and mental health needs, housing and employment, and other concerns that detract from a safe, stable home environment.
Specialized Case Management and Women’s Support
Each year, EOTC provides life skills and employment services for 50 to 60 non-incarcerated offenders. Working in collaboration with Lackawanna County Treatment Court, the Probation/Parole system and other partners, EOTC provides individual case management, job coaching and a safety net of resources.
Last year, over half of these former offenders obtained and maintained employment as a result of the program. Others made strides through sobriety and other positive life changes. About 60 children benefitted from their parents’ involvement in this EOTC program.
In 2011, EOTC introduced a new weekly support group for court-involved women. Approximately 20 women participate each month.