Family Home Program

Families Sharing Their Homes & Lives

People in the community who would like to share their lives and home with a person who has an intellectual disability in a safe, supportive, and caring living environment. This partnership provides a person with an intellectual disability a nurturing family environment within which they can live, learn, grow, and become an active participant in their community.

Family Home Provider Eligibility

Both single adults and families are eligible to participate in the Family Home Program. They must demonstrate the ability to meet the needs of the person requiring support, and are willing to learn the required new skills. Family Home Providers take part in orientation and on-going training as outlined in the service agreement and Agency’s policy and procedures.  

Screening Process

To ensure the safety and well-being of the person to be supported, all potential Family Home Providers must undergo a thorough home study process. The agency approves the Family Home Providers based on their suitability, skills and capabilities to provide optimal care and support to the specific needs of the person requiring support.

The home study process will include:

  1. Character and Criminal Reference Checks
  2. Confidentiality requirements
  3. Interviews with all members of the family
  4. Evaluating capabilities of providing care
  5. Environmental Assessment
  6. Service Agreement

Purchasing Supports & Services

If you have passport dollars or personal funds to purchase services, contact Community Living Essex County’s Manager of Planning and Evaluation at 519.776.6483 ext. 228 or patty@communitylivingessex.org.