These programs provide residential treatment services of varying durations for up to 20 children. Services offered include milieu treatment, individual therapy, focused group treatment, spiritual enrichment, intensive family treatment, and family preservation services. Children attend local public schools or the special education program on the Jamaica Plain Campus at the Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center. Follow along services are offered to provide assistance to families as children transition back to their homes and communities.
Our Community-Based Acute Treatment program (CBAT) provides stabilization and comprehensive assessment services for 30 children. Each child participates in an intensive short-term program of individual, family, group and milieu therapy as well as daily educational tutoring. Imbedded in the CBAT are Transitional Care Unit (TCU) beds for children who no longer meet hospital level of care but whose disposition plan is not yet finalized.
These programs provide community-based residential treatment services for a total of 18 children. Services offered include milieu treatment, individual therapy, focused group treatment, intensive family treatment and family preservation services. Services are delivered through the Intensive Group Home program and all children attend local public schools. Follow Along services are offered to families to provide assistance as children transition back to their homes and communities.
Therapeutic Mentoring and In-Home Therapy provide services in home and communities to families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs. Therapeutic Mentors work one-on-one with children who require significant support and coaching to learn social skills. In-Home Therapy takes place in the home of the child and is provided by a licensed clinician and a para-professional working as a team to provide intensive family therapy to help the family support the child in the home.
The Mary Savioli Pallotta Educational Center, located on our Jamaica Plain Campus, is a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved K-8 program for children ages 4-13 with special education needs including; emotional and/or behavioral difficulties, learning disabilities, language disorders, mental illness, high functioning autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays. The school serves both day and residential children who are at risk of failure in a less restrictive learning environment. Italian Home for Children works to instill in the children, the value of education, and the importance of academic achievement and motivation.
Our special education program consists of six classrooms with eight to ten students. Each classroom is run by a certified Special Education Teacher, Assistant Teacher and Child Care Worker. In addition, we offer a Therapeutic After-School Program and a Therapeutic Summer Camp/School Vacation Week Program.
This program provides outpatient mental health services, including individual, group and family therapy, to children, adults and families. The services are provided at our main clinic site in Brighton and at an outreach site in Dorchester as well as in multiple public schools in Greater Boston.
Spiritual Enrichment has been an important part of Italian Home’s history since we opened our doors to children in 1919. Today, every child in the care of Italian Home for Children is offered the opportunity to participate in the Spiritual Enrichment Program, with parental or guardian permission. We work to ensure that children of all Christian denominations and of other faiths feel included and empowered with regard to their beliefs. The Spiritual Enrichment Program is designed to present a message of hope, healing, and wholeness to children who are recovering from trauma of abuse and neglect along with other family struggles. In large our hope is to create a spiritual nurturing, caring, loving, and safe environment which helps our children flourish in life.
Spiritual care is offered to all children no matter their faith background through the participation of community churches and volunteers.
Spiritual Care includes:
We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our Wednesday Bible Classes. For more information on about The Spiritual Enrichment, please send an email to email@example.com or call 617-524-3116 x325.
The chapel is located on the basement level of the Residential Building. When visiting please ring the doorbell on the left side of the stairs which gives r access to the building.
Sunday morning services are designed to bring children into age appropriate worship setting where they experience belonging to the family of God. Through our weekly worship experience children will grow in their relationship with Christ. Our children are exposed to diverse styles of worship by the participations of visiting churches. Visiting churches are from a catholic and protestant backgrounds and have volunteered here for many years.
We encourage parents and supporters of the Italian Home for Children to experience worship with us on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to 9:45 am, followed by light refreshments. Our schedule is as followed:
2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month
1st or 4th Sunday of each month
Sunday services are on a rotation which can be change at any time. If you are interested in visiting a Sunday service, please contact the Spiritual Enrichment Coordination, Rev. Elba Rudder at 617-524-3116 x325 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.