COMFORT, HEALING, AND CONNECTION THROUGH NON-INVASIVE TOOLS & CONSULTATION
Research has shown that children who go through the foster care system are at significantly higher risk of emotional and physical health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, speech and motor delays. The lasting effects of trauma and neglect can impact a child's overall health, relationships, and ability to thrive in a healthy home. Recent studies have made a correlation between these types of risk factors and the benefits of calming the central nervous system and sensory system through non-invasive therapeutic objects. Items such as compressional vests, swings, Sit N Spins, white noise machines, swaddle blankets, and ergonomic infant carriers have been shown to help little bodies process and integrate stress and incoming stimuli, in turn, increasing the body's release of serotonin (the body's chemical most responsible for maintaining mood balance). With that said, it can be overwhelming to know what tools and strategies can support the child in your care as well. Foster Village Charlotte aims to equip, connect, and advocate for families by providing professional consultations and a lending library of sensory tools. Learn more about the process below:
PROJECT SOOTHe CONSULTATION (launching september 2019)
Project SOOTHe Consultation is designed to equip foster families with individualized strategies in the home and professional support implementing sensory and therapeutic tools free of charge through a lending library. Families are also given additional monitoring and advocacy support through Foster Village Charlotte to gain access to additional services in the community as needed. This program is designed only for children currently in the foster care system and reside in Mecklenburg County at this time. To request a Project Soothe Consultation, please fill out the referral form below. Our team will reach out for a phone consultation to get started!
project soothe LENDING LIBRARY (launching october 2019)
Project SOOTHe also provides sensory and therapeutic tools available to children in foster care as part of a lending library for families. In that way, foster families can try a variety of products without the hefty price tag. These tools in the lending library are stocked by our team of medical professionals on our advisory board and are available for check out for up to 60 days. If families choose to go through the consultation process (as described above), our team will recommend, monitor, and suggesting swapping the tools used for optimal outcomes. Please only fill out the lending library referral form if you do NOT want a consultation and just want access to sensory tools to try. This program is open to ALL foster families and families that have adopted out of foster care regardless of the county. Items must be picked up at our Foster Village Charlotte Resource Center.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If I decide I would benefit from a one-on-one consultation to determine which sensory tools will be beneficial to my foster children, who will perform this service?
An occupational therapist (who is also a foster parent) will come out to your home to gather more information about your daily routines and challenges, so that specific sensory tools can be selected.
What happens if the sensory tools I borrow do not work?
You may need to work with a sensory tool for at least 1-2 weeks before you can determine how effective it is. However, if you feel a tool is not working for your foster child, you can always swap it out at the Foster Village Charlotte Resource Center. If you elected to have a consultation prior to selecting your tools, another phone (or in person) consultation can take place in order to help you make your selection.
What If I choose not to have a consultation, can I still borrow items from the lending library?
Absolutely. You can come to the Foster Village Charlotte Resource Center during office hours to see what is available and check out items!
Can sensory items from the lending library be delivered to my home?
No. During the consultation if the consultant has the tools with them, they can have you check them about but often times you’ll place the items on hold at the Foster Village Charlotte Resource Center and have the responsibility to come and check them out so we can keep up with inventory.
What if I choose not to have a consultation initially but later feel that a consultation could be very beneficial?
You can request a consultation at any time.
What if there’s an item I’d like to try but it isn’t in the lending library?
If it’s already checked out, you can be added to the waitlist and we will email you when it’s available for pick up. If it’s an item Foster Village Charlotte doesn’t have in the lending library you can request it to be added. If funds are present we will order and add to library.
Will Medicaid pay for this service?
Yes, Medicaid will pay for an assessment in order to determine what additional strategies or services will be beneficial to your foster child. If for some reason we are unable to access Medicaid for your child, you are still eligible for this service through the generosity of individual donors with Foster Village Charlotte.
Can I receive this service if I am already receiving therapy services?
Yes, you can still utilize the tools from Project SOOTHe even if you are currently receiving other therapy services. If you would like to receive a personal consultation to help you determine which sensory tools will be most beneficial, an occupational therapist will perform that service. If you are already receiving occupational therapy from another provider, you can consult with your personal therapist in order to get recommendations of which tools may be most beneficial for you to try instead of going through the consultation process. If you would like a second opinion, you may go through the process but priority is given to those currently not receiving services.
What if I have the consultation and decide I want to pursue additional therapy services?
During the consultation, you’ll discuss other services that may be beneficial for your foster child and we can help you connect with those services and give language to share with your child’s welfare team. This consultation is monitored but not an ongoing service. We will have a phone consultation, 1:1 consolation, and 3 follow up calls. It does not take place of a therapy services as it is an intervention to try.
How long do I get to keep the items in the lending library and how many items can I borrow at a time?
60 days and up to 5 items.
What happens if the items accidentally become damaged?
A donation to help us restock the items are welcomed.