Family Support Services
In spite of the organization’s name, independence is not everyone’s goal in life. Most people, even those without disabilities, rely on others for meeting a variety of their daily needs. TMI assesses a person’s need for assistance and, together, develop an individualized plan for support.
As a licensed Foster Family Agency (FFA), TMI provides alternative family placements for children with significant challenges. Foster families are offered a financial stipend, monthly respite, back up services, extensive training and the ongoing support of both a social worker and behavior specialist.
Another aspect of TMI’s Family Support Services is that it seeks to prevent the need for out-of-home placements. Through TMI’s Family Focused Supports, the agency offers support to birth families and their children with the goal of addressing support needs before they reach a crisis level.
Family preservation is important and, even when temporary placement is necessary, the ultimate goal is reunification. In cases when it is not in the best interest of the child and the courts have advised against a reunification plan, TMI has been successful in finding a long-term stable alternative family for children where they are loved and nurtured.