Zafron Home for Parenting Teens

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Zafron helps parenting teensYoung women with emotional and behavioral problems who become pregnant face an almost overwhelming series of challenges, including transitioning from a child to an adult, resolving issues of abuse, neglect or perhaps drug use, and accepting the minute-to-minute responsibilities of successfully raising a child.

By providing a secure, pleasant residential setting for teenage mothers (and their babies) while they participate in a comprehensive treatment program, Zafron Home for Parenting Teens provides the resources for healing and personal growth to begin.

Our goal is for participants in the program to maintain a loving, nurturing relationship with their child while making constructive, effective choices regarding education, employment, relationships and personal health.

Many of these young women will leave prepared to live independently within their communities. Others will have worked to be successfully reunited with their natural families. Each young woman, though, will have been assisted in making peace with the past while preparing for the future.

Whom We Serve

Licensed as a New York State Group Residence/Mother Baby Facility. The Zafron Home serves young women with emotional and behavioral disorders who are:

  • Between 13 and 21 years of age and currently enrolled in school.
  • Pregnant and/or have a child or children. Participants who are pregnant at the time of admission must agree to remain in the program following the birth of their child.
  • Under court order for placement, or in the custody of the Commissioner of Social Services as a voluntary placement. Zafron Home can serve young women with a PINS petition, who have been abused and/or neglected, or who have a minor juvenile delinquent adjudication.
  • Capable of a functional IQ of 70 or above.

The Zafron Home’s treatment program also places a strong emphasis on independent living skills with a curriculum that includes:

“Hard” Skills

  • Money Management/Budgeting
  • Attaining Appropriate Housing
  • Meal Planning/Shopping/Cooking
  • Managing Transportation Needs
  • Finding a Job/Planning a Career
  • Health Care for Mother & Child
  • Appropriate Affordable Entertainment

“Soft” Skills

  • Self Awareness/Concept/Esteem
  • Decision Making/Problem Solving
  • Values/Ethics
  • Loss/Separation
  • Anger/Stress Management
  • Accepting Diversity
  • Handling Feelings/Emotions
  • Following Directives
  • Community/Citizenship

All program participants receive an assessment of their independent living skills both before and after receiving instruction.Zafron helps pregnant teens

Providing the opportunity for healing and growth is a primary concern at Zafron Home. That is why our social worker meets with each child a minimum of twice a week for individual counseling sessions.
These sessions are carefully designed to help resolve the underlying issues related to the child’s behavioral and emotional problems, and to assist the child to set and achieve reasonable short- and long-term goals. Group counseling sessions are also provided when appropriate.
A psychiatrist employed by New Directions is available, as needed, for diagnostic evaluations and case consultations.
Comprehensive medical services are provided through the Health Center at Randolph Children’s Home and local health care providers.
Services for young women with a severe alcohol or substance abuse problem cannot be provided at Zafron Home. However, participants with a history of moderate or “social” use are provided weekly sessions with a substance abuse counselor.
Any young woman who is able is encouraged to seek part-time employment.


Admissions

Please note: Referrals are accepted only from County Department of Social Service caseworkers.

1. Contact Zafron Home’s social worker to provide initial background information. If the referral meets our stated criteria and space is available, we will ask that a referral packet be sent.
A complete referral packet should contain a current social history, school records, court records, a psychological profile and current medical records.

2. Zafron’s residential program director, social worker, supervisor and medical director will then review each referral packet. If additional information is needed, Zafron’s social worker will contact you.

3. If the young woman is considered to be an appropriate placement, a pre-placement interview is scheduled. This interview is usually held at Zafron Home and typically includes the young woman, her parents, and Zafron’s social worker, supervisor and medical director.

The Zafron Home has also created linkages with other premier community service organizations to provide the following educational programs:

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
    Mother and Child Nutrition
  • Olean General Hospital
    Childbirth and Breast Feeding
  • Healthy Families Early Intervention
    Child Development and Parenting Skills
  • Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau
    Life Skills

Education
To qualify for admission, each young woman must currently be enrolled in school. While in the program, participants will attend local schools. Day care services during school hours are provided in-house by the Zafron Home staff. Tutoring is provided to those students needing extra help.

Living Environment
Each young woman has a private room that she shares with her baby. Meals are cooked cooperatively with all participants and staff eating together. All participants share responsibility for general chores.
Entertainment is a family affair with the young women and their babies playing games, swimming, taking walks through the neighborhood, etc.
Each participant has primary responsibility for the care and entertainment of her child.
Staffing is provided 24 hours a day, and staff are awake on all shifts.

Contact Information

Kathleen DiLallo
Program Coordinator
629 East State Street
Salamanca, NY 14779
(716) 945-2466
(716) 945-0237

Mark R. Wickerham
Randolph Children’s Home and
Community Residences Director
(716) 358-3636, ext. 291

 

 

 

E-mail addresses are the first letter of the person's first name, followed by the last name, with the ending @ndyfs.org
Example: John Smith would be jsmith@ndyfs.org

Contact:

Kathleen DiLallo
Program Coordinator
629 East State Street
Salamanca, NY 14779
(716) 945-2466
(716) 945-0237

Mark R. Wickerham
Randolph Children’s Home and Community Residences Director
(716) 358-3636, ext. 291

 

E-mail addresses are the first letter of the person's first name, followed by the last name, with the ending @ndyfs.org
Example: John Smith would be jsmith@ndyfs.org

 

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