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FAIM Project

Who are FAIM

Kildare Youth Services were approached in 2014 by TUSLA the Child and Family Agency in response to the long waiting lists for Family Assessments in the Kildare West Wicklow area. This waiting list was particularly lengthy in relation to child welfare concerns as child protection referrals must be prioritised for allocation. The FAIM model was built on the work of the TUSLA Dublin North Differential Response Model (DRM).

In response to this request a service was developed in partnership with TUSLA. We developed a Family Assessment and Intervention Model (FAIM). The model was originally piloted in the Naas/Newbridge area utilising existing staff from the KYS staff team of NCFP and the Counselling Service. With the success of the pilot stage FAIM was extended to offer a service to all families living in the Kildare/West Wicklow area requiring a welfare assessment from TUSLA.

What we do

FAIM work with families who have been referred to the Social Work Department due to child welfare concerns. FAIM work with all families who are referred to Tusla and reside in the Kildare/ West Wicklow area. Some information has come to the attention of the Social Work Department which we discuss with you in person. FAIM will then appoint a Family Worker. This Family Worker will make contact with you soon to arrange an appointment to discuss the matter further. FAIM carry out a Child Welfare Assessment, and this usually takes 4-8 weeks to complete. After your assessment is complete, your FAIM Worker will then make a recommendation based on the findings of the assessment. In most cases you will be offered some supports from FAIM for your family, these supports are called interventions and usually take 8-12 weeks.

What type of interventions we offer

  •  Onward Referral to appropriate services
  •  Parenting support/ Teen to parent Violence
  •  Strategy Meeting with professionals and the family
  •  Information and advice
  •  Housing support
  •  Behavior management
  •  Assistance with grant applications
  •  Domestic Violence
  •  Bereavement
  •  Communication
  •  NVR
  •  Separated Parents support
  •  Family Welfare Conference
  •  Self Esteem

How to contact FAIM

FAIM can be contacted by phoning 045-898623 / [email protected] or Sandra Byrne FAIM Coordinator, Unit 39, First Floor, Naas Town Centre, Dublin Road, Naas, County Kildare.

All referrals to FAIM come through Tusla, the Child & Family Agency. Tusla can be contacted on 045-442800 Clare Duffy Social Work Team Leader, Tusla, St. Mary's, Craddockstown Road, Naas, County Kildare.