Progress can happen if we work together!

Your family is matched to a Family Worker. FTBS works with your family for an average of 3 to 6 months. Your Family Worker will meet with you and your family in your home or community at times convenient for you. Your Family Worker will spend an average of 3 hours a week with you and your family, with no more than 7 days in between visits. The FTBS program offers 24/7 availability to your family in instances of an emergency. The FTBS program will follow-up up to 12 months after successful completion of the program.


We assist in connecting families with a wide variety of supportive services to meet the needs of families in the program:


Foster father walks with his toddler-age daughter along the beach of a Michigan lake

Connecting to therapy

  • Family
  • Individual
  • Sibling
  • Couple

Skill-building through

  • Direct teaching
  • Modeling
  • Problem-solving relapse prevention


  • Safety planning
  • Community support and advocacy
  • Extended family support
  • Household and home improvement



  • Advocacy through area schools
  • Job training
  • Employability skills and education


  • Family activities
  • Social networking


  • Ongoing parenting classes
  • Education and support

Serving Kalamazoo & St. Joseph County

FTBS is an intensive home-based intervention that focuses on the family’s strengths to resolve problems. The premise of the program is using solution focused techniques to have the family utilize their own resilience as they become self-sufficient.

FTBS is a moderately intensive, solution-focused approach designed to serve families with multiple problems who could benefit from such services. Department of Human Services is the gateway for acceptance of families for this service, and families may be referred from Children's Protective Services, Foster Care Reunification, Delinquency Services and Prevention. Program services are voluntary and without regard to family income.

Keeping Families Together

The joy of watching your family grow as a unit can be filled with challenges. Samaritas is here to help you keep your family together. Our Families Together Build Solutions program offers several resources and support to keep your family strong and healthy. Together, we can help your family grow and change in positive ways.

For more information, please contact:
Katie Reese, Program Manager
(269) 345-5776