Every child deserves a staff and loving home – that’s why The Village’s Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time program works to engage and support families through the reunification process and ensure a nurturing environment in which children – and their caregivers – can thrive.
LaShawn Middleton is one of the Family Support Specialists who works directly with DCF-involved families as they move through the reunification process.
“My goal is to help children and parents find their way back home,” LaShawn says.
Through therapeutic family time and in-home visits LaShawn utilizes a strengths-based approach to help caregivers enhance their parenting skills and parent-child relationship. She also provides case management with linkages to community resources, reunification readiness assessments and 24/7 on-call support.
During her time at The Village, LaShawn has served as a Youth Counselor Supervisor and Parent Educator. She has an extensive background in social work, mentoring and intensive family preservation. Outside of The Village, LaShawn serves on the board of The Journey Writers, Inc. and on the planning committee of Hartford’s LIT (Literary Integrated Trailblazers) Book Festival.
LaShawn earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Andrew’s University in Berrien Springs, MI.
What quote best captures your personal philosophy?
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something, and I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” -Edward Everett Hale
What would you most want the clients of The Village to know about you?
As someone who has been served by The Village, I am proud to give back to the organization that helped and inspired me.