For families navigating the child welfare system with children ages 1-15 years old
CMA’s ARTogether program provides art therapy trained facilitators to use the arts to repair bonds and communication among families navigating the child welfare system.
Families navigating the child welfare system need a safe space for transitioning their “togetherness” into community settings. Museums and cultural spaces provide an ideal transitional space where families can use newly acquired skills in a creative environment.
ARTogether is a community-based family support model designed in 2010 to help families in foster care and those navigating the NYC child welfare system to bond, practice positive parenting strategies, and forge new family memories through shared creative experiences. It is a model that uses a natural community setting to support families who are most often served in isolation. By partnering with agencies to move family visits into the community, the quality of visits improves, skills learned in therapy and parenting classes can be put into practice, and families receive the healing benefits of being part of the larger cultural continuum.