Serving families in Southwest Louisville
The Maryhurst Mockingbird Family Model (MMFM) has been developed and implemented as an innovative design to overcome several shortcomings of the current foster care system. These include multiple placements, children being placed in culturally irrelevant environments, siblings not being placed together, and the lack of support for foster parents/caregivers who often are caring for children with challenging behavioral and emotional disorders. The design of the MMFM has been to form a Constellation that clusters 6 to 10 satellite foster homes with a Hub Home. The Hub Home has provided respite care, resources, training and family-focused social activities to build a microcommunity of social support among the foster families. Respite care is available nearly 24 hours a day/7 days a week on a planned basis or as needed for emergency needs or family crises.
- Reduce the number of A frican-American children removed from Louisville neighborhoods and placed outside their community.
- Maintain and strengthen cultural, familial and neighborhood connections while the children are in out-of-home placements and after they are reunited.
- Maintain their connections with school, church, social groups, peers and family members.
- Provide children with a family-focused micro-community that serves as a support network of “extended family.”
- Ensure healthy involvement between children and biological family members is facilitated.
- Promote placement stability and permanency.
For more information, contact us at 502.499.1570
Targeted ZIP Codes: 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40215, 40213, 40214, 40216, 40218, 40219, 40258, 40272