“You never really know how to prepare for children. You can’t prepare. We are beyond blessed. Your heart beats their name. The rewards are endless. It’s a blessing to watch them grow.”

Successful adoptive parent

Families Together Building Solutions (FTBS)

What we do:

Judson Center’s Families Together Building Solutions - Pathways to Potential (FTBS) is an in-home program that works with families that are in need of assistance to support them in remaining safely intact.  The FTBS program goal is to help families utilize their strengths to restore their safety and overcome barriers in order to prevent the out-of-home placement of their children.   FTBS receives referrals directly from the Department of Health and Human Services (via Children’s Protective Services or School Success Coaches in Detroit Public Schools) in Wayne County. The FTBS staff partners with the family and the DHHS Referring Worker to identify to existing strengths and to set goals that will support self-sufficiency and stability. FTBS staff may work with a family for a period of 90 days, with a possible extension for an additional 90 days, if more intervention is needed.

Some FTBS service areas include providing budgeting assistance, household management/life skills teaching, parenting skills, linkage to community resources, and transportation assistance.   FTBS workers also provide support and advocacy with school related concerns.

 What clients have said about our program:

“I really appreciate the Judson Center for taking their time to come out and help us, teaching us, and giving us strength to go through it all.”

“Keep up the excellent work with helping families like myself (single parent) to assess the situation before reaction.”

“My worker has been awesome working with my son and me. He always brings something useful to us every visit and we are so thankful for him!”

Program Wish List:

  • Gift cards for groceries, clothes, and gas
  • Family board games (new)
  • Art/craft supplies for interventions

How to contact us: To make a program referral or find out more information, please contact Ayanna Harris, FTBS Program Manager, at ayanna_harris@judsoncenter.org or 248-392-0150.

To make a program wish list donation, please contact Erika Jones at erika_jones@judsoncenter.org or 248.832.2052.

Due to the nature of the work we do, Judson Center upholds the privacy of the children, adults and families we serve. Therefore, photos and names may be changed to protect identity.