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Building Families Program

The Thornwell Building Families program is a community-based, intensive in-home intervention program designed to address the needs of families in crisis. The program provides services that build upon the existing strengths of families to reduce the stressors interfering with healthy family functioning. The goal is to equip families with the skills necessary to address the issues threatening family stability, keep children safe, reduce or eliminate the need for out of home placement of the children, and keep families together. FPC Cheraw hosts office space for a Building Families Specialist on our campus.

CarisaGerald_revMeet Carisa Gerald, Building Families Specialist. Carisa has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Francis Marion University; a Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University; and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from DeVry – Keller Graduate School of Management.  Carisa has a diverse array of experience in case management, therapeutic services, training, service coordination, and supervising others.  Carisa is coming to Thornwell after working diligently for the last 4 years, with a Department of Social Services’ Community Based Prevention Services contract program provided by Growing Home Southeast. Carisa served as a Community Based Prevention Services Case Manager for 2 1/2 years, prior to being promoted to CBPS Supervisor for the Pee Dee Region.

Carisa has a strong passion for helping others and facilitating the social, behavioral, and economic development of others. After working for over 15 years in human/social services, Carisa has made the decision to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is actively working towards achieving that goal. Carisa is thoroughly excited about joining the Building Families team and is looking forward to making a positive impact on the lives of the children, youth, and families served through the program.

Could someone you know benefit from the Building Families program?

The Building Families program is here to help families and referred youth who are at risk as a result of family conflict, lack of parenting skills, child abuse and/or neglect, childhood emotional issues, disruptive behavioral problems and other at-risk situations that youth and families face. If eligible, Lauren meets with the family to identify goals and develop a plan to meet those goals.

Contact Carisa Gerald at carisa.gerald@thornwell.org or call her at (843)501-1599 for more info.

Last Published: April 17, 2018 1:28 PM