At Plummer Youth Promise, we deeply believe that children need families. We also believe they need skills and community connections to be successful. Ideally, these are built within the context of family – either their biological family, or if that’s not possible, a new, permanent family.
Plummer’s intervention model focuses on three concepts: permanent families, preparedness and community. Our theory is that when young people have all three of these things, they are more likely to succeed as adults. Each of our programs emphasizes these concepts to varying degrees, depending on the program and the needs of the youth served.
We employ our intervention model across our four direct service programs, which serve more than 200 young people:
- Residential Care: Group care settings for young people ages 13-22
- Community Apartments: Small apartments for young people ages 18-22
- Foster Family Care: Foster families trained and supported by Plummer who care for children and young people, from birth to age 22
- Permanency Mediation: Mediation services provided by our specially-trained mediators for the purpose of building and strengthening healthy family relationships while avoiding lengthy and traumatic court proceedings related to foster care or adoption.
- Intensive Permanency Services (IPS): Specialized services delivered by Plummer social workers to young people in the custody of other organizations to help those young people connect or reconnect with permanent families.
Our influence is further amplified through:
-OnPoint: Plummer Youth Promise’s OnPoint program is operated in collaboration with the Salem Police Community Impact Unit and Essex County Juvenile Probation. The primary goal of the program is to keep youth from entering juvenile detention or foster care.
-Permanency Practice Leadership: Plummer Youth Promise’s Permanency Practice Leadership division provides specialized permanency consulting, training, coaching and technical assistance for child welfare providers, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations.