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Youth & Family Services

Merrick Community Services’ Youth & Family Services offer a variety of programs to strengthen and promote healthy families and youth. Staff are skilled at working with young parents, single dads and moms and two parent families.

For more info, contact Gretchen Garman, Youth & Family Services Manager, ggarman@merrickcs.org, 651-771-9339

Case Management Family Services
We use a strength-based case management approach that includes teaching, coaching, modeling and advocacy. Through home-based services, the family worker and the family collaboratively work together to develop a case plan by setting goals that identify and build on the family’s’ strengths and support the growth of stronger family relationships.  At the core of this method of case management are empathy, understanding, concern, interest, congruence and compassion. All of the above components contribute to a respectful, professional relationship that is a critical component to family growth and achievement. Staff assists the parents in meeting their goals through support and advocacy.  Through information and referral staff connects the family with resources in their community that will address their immediate needs. It is the role of the family worker to teach individuals the skills needed to problem solve and search out and connect to needed resources.

Parenting Education, Groups, & Family Gatherings
Merrick Community Services offers a variety of parenting education classes, workshops and support groups for individuals dealing with domestic violence and other issues. Workshops include topics such as abusive relationships, communication, strengthening relationships, identity and leadership. One of the keys to healthy families is to have fun together. MCS offers the opportunity for families in the community to join other families at Family Fun Nights.

Youth Services

New Youth Group in 2015!  
The Explorers Club is open for registration.