EVOLVE provides two Family Preservation Counseling services; Families First and Brief Counseling.

For our Brief Counseling and Families First programs, we are contracted through Dakota County and you must be referred by a worker from Dakota County to receive these services. If you do not live in Dakota County and would like these services to be available to you, please have a representative from your county contact us.

EVOLVE receives referrals from Dakota County because a crisis has occurred in the family such as:

  • family conflict
  • child/adolescent aggression towards other family members
  • school/academic attendance issues
  • substance or alcohol abuse
  • unsafe discipline strategies
  • mental health concerns
  • basic needs/unsafe home environment
  • child abuse or neglect
  • child trauma

EVOLVE provides:

  • safety planning
  • ongoing assessment and support
  • assistance with creating an intervention plan with the family
  • assistance with addressing and meeting county worker identified goals or family goals
  • a strength-based approach

EVOLVE can connect families with ongoing therapeutic support after a family has completed one of these programs.

Families First

Families First is an intensive in-home therapeutic crisis intervention for families just entering the child protection system.

EVOLVE can provide up to 40 hours of in-home face-to-face therapeutic service with the family. Time spent in the home typically looks like 2 home visits a week (2-hour sessions) for 3-4 months.

Since 2016, EVOLVE has worked with 49 families in this program.

Brief Counseling

Brief Counseling is similar to Families First, but normally EVOLVE works with these families for shorter periods of time.

EVOLVE can provide up to 12 hours of in-home face-to-face therapeutic services with the family. Time spent in the home typically looks like 1-2 home visits a week (1.5-2 hour sessions) for 6-8 weeks.

Since 2016, EVOLVE has worked with 54 families in this program.

To learn more about this service, please contact Jessica Boner at jboner@evolveservices.org or therapy@evolveservices.org