Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
SKSF's Benchmark For Life model is intended to serve youth identified as having challenging emotional, behavioral, physical and developmental needs. Families provide an opportunity for the child to learn and build coping skills, help overcome challenges, learn self care and teach community inclusion skills. SKSF will provide a full spectrum of support from initial introduction through training, certification to placement and continual regular involvement with the foster family and child to ensure successful placements and positive outcomes.
Treatment foster care provides children and young adults with emotional, behavioral and medical issues a combination of therapeutic family nurturing along with active and structured treatment to avoid being placed in an institutional setting. Most children will not return home and will be placed with a nurturing foster family that can meet their needs and remain with them until transition into an adult program. Treatment includes consultation and collaboration with the SKSF team, therapist, life skills worker, case worker and other invested professionals.
* We provided a foster home for a medically ill youth, for a county department of Social Services, when they couldn't find a home in a statewide search;
* With the oversight and specialized training for our Program Nurse, foster parents were able to accept four children with diabetic needs. Two youth requiring g-tube feedings and two children with serious seizure disorders who are in a foster care home, with the specialized help from our Nurse.
* Our Placement Supervisor and Home Supervisors have supported foster families in order to keep large sibling groups (3 or more youth) living together.
* With the growth of the foster care program for children with special needs, in 2018, we recently moved our facilities to provide a larger footprint for our staff to better serve the community and foster care families.
Physically Disabled nec
Our Host Home families (adult foster care) provide a home, care and assistance for adults with developmental disabilities.
- Host Home providers under the supervision of SKSF, experience an exceptional amount of support and involvement from the Adult Services Program staff, especially in crisis intervention and on-call support. According to both clients and providers, this is an important factor that draws them to SKSF in particular.
- SKSF maintains the highest standards and requisites for Host Home provider applicants, utilizing best-practice protocols, stringent requirements and ongoing evaluations that make the program one of the top success models in the region. Adult Services Program staff thoroughly scrutinize backgrounds, experience and suitability of each potential provider seeking to join the SKSF program.
The SKSF Host Home providers are consistently ranked at the very top of the industry and the staff's due diligence in acceptance of new providers has earned the program a reputation as one of the premier Residential Services organizations in the area.
- Continually receiving referrals on an ongoing basis.
Blind & Vision Impaired
Children ages 5 to 21
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Zach's Place, a center for ages 2-21, was established to provide families in the Colorado Springs and surrounding areas, a place for respite care for children with disabilities and special needs. The center offers active, structured and free play while teaching life skills and socialization skills. It is one of only two centers in the state of Colorado that serve this type of need. Diagnosis of children served varies from autism, emotional disorders, seizure disorders, down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Zach's Place has a trained and dedicated staff offering many services to disabled youth including instruction in living skills both center based and out in the community; resources of community services; after school and overnight care; nutritionally balanced meals; speakers and specialized training.
- We're continuing weekend and social functions for youth with disabilities; Parents Night Out. The kids look forward to these social nights and have a lot of fun. It gives the parents a nightly break and gives them assurance that their child is safely supervised, making friends and having a good time.
- Continuing to implement family education and support groups for parents.
- We are the first organization in the state to integrate child care medication administration classes and the required medication classes by the Division for Developmental Disabilities. Our Program Nurse, has been able to integrate the classes, so that requirements are being met.
- We are increasing respite services to rural El Paso county through home based services (Trenton's Friends program). This is the result of an El Paso County grant to serve unincorporated El Paso Coutny, the city of Fountain, Calhan, Monument, Ramah and Green Mountain Falls.
- Expanded accessibility by providing transportation from schools to Zach's Place.
- We have implemented Playgroups for younger children and serving toddlers ages 2-6.
Physically Disabled nec
Our Adult Day Service programs include integrated and non-integrated activities for adults with special needs giving a choice to our clients. ICAN- Community activities are fully integrated, consumer driven, flexible, and community based focusing on the development of relationships and natural supports. Individualized opportunities for inclusion are designed to assist individuals in accessing volunteer, hobby and recreational activities. Joey's Place - Lessons are set up according to the needs and skill levels of the individuals being served. Individualized lessons are designed to assist in learning various life skills, pre-vocational skills and hobbies. Our adult day programs use mentors, flexibility, understanding of family and home care provider concerns, and the individual's desires, goals, interests, skills and dreams to develop educational opportunities for our consumers. This creates a sense of self-determination for individuals with disabilities as they begin to venture out on their own and become an active part of the community.
- The High Flyers group was developed to involve individuals in the community through volunteerism and in building relationships. The group has regular volunteer activities at The Classical Academy, Crossfire Ministries, Springs Rescue Mission, Care and Share & Nancy Lewis Park.
- Increasing community involvement within Joey's Place through Yoga by SunWater Spa volunteers.
- Prevocational opportunities for students involved in the local School Districts' SWAP (School to Work Alliance Program)
- Increased involvement with computer classes, ballet & dance
- Became an approved provider for the Elderly, Blind and Disabled population in our community
- Providing accessibility to day program services through the agency's transportation department to the northern areas of the city, Fountain area and the rural areas of El Paso County. In 2018, we are continuing to provide over 1,000 rides per month locally to the clients we serve.