Family council contract changes approved

By Michael Williamson -

The contract between the Council for Union County Families and the Madison County Family Council has been updated.

County Commissioners approved the changes with the agreement at the Tuesday morning meeting.

Jen Coleman, Family Council and Systems of Care coordinator with the Madison County Department of Family and Children told the commissioners that the contract was essentially an updating of the language in the agreement.

“So in the past we’ve always partnered with Madison County and provided their services for early intervention, service coordination, home visiting, and outreach child services,” Coleman said.

With the changes and growth of the partnership between the counties, Coleman also updated the commissioners on what all services the council provides.

“Early Intervention Services, through the Department of Family and Children, provides services for child birth to three years of age where they do referral linkage to therapy, parent programs and home visiting services,” said Coleman. “In some cases it could be services for children who are also being raised by grandparents or other family members.” These services can include information on topics from nutrition to discipline.

“The department has two service coordinators and when Madison County initially got involved with the family council, they had eight open families and it has since grown to 40 families per coordinator,“ Coleman said.

By Michael Williamson

Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.

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