First Step Family Support Center

Home Visiting as an Avenue to Recovery & Resilience

Our Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP) is part of a state-wide program designed to help mothers with substance use disorders build lives free of substance-related problems, and to prevent future children from being exposed to substances prenatally. Our case managers provide outreach and assistance, goal-setting, problem-solving, and coaching to pregnant and parenting mothers. They connect clients to community supports such as recovery, health care services, legal aid, housing, and education. They inspire. They motivate. They believe in the women they serve.

Our PCAP program has been celebrated as one of the top performing sites in Washington State! We are expanding to seven case managers who advocate for up to a total of 106 families at a time. In 2021, we served 121 families with intensive case management and advocacy services during 1,830 home visits. We maintain a wait list that includes families in Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Our case managers work diligently in the community to provide high quality, client-focused advocacy. Our Clinical Supervisor, Christina Miko, is proud to be a part of such a dynamic team of compassionate professionals who empower women. “Case managers foster positive interactions with community partners. Their personal and respectful approaches have made them standouts in our community. When confronted with client service barriers, PCAP case managers expertly navigate challenges, demonstrating the power of partnering and modeling skills required to overcome barriers.”

Designed as an intervention from the heart, PCAP offers effective intervention as evidenced by client outcomes. We follow a harm reduction model addressing quality of life issues along with substance abuse. Our team is addressing the local addiction crisis by helping mothers stabilize. We work to build positive relationships with professionals in the community using a client centered approach.

Speaking to client success, Christina Miko notes “we have a number of clients attending Peninsula College. Some are securing their high school diplomas so they can attend four-year colleges. Others are working on the HS21+ or their associate degree (AA) and are learning to juggle academics with parenting. Witnessing the self-efficacy of these clients in navigating out of addiction and into sustainable skills for living and parenting is a testament to the effectiveness of the PCAP model. We’re honored to celebrate with clients in their achievements as they become self-reliant through education.”

“When i think of PCAP, I think of freedom. I think of practical assistance. I think of believing in other people.” -Client