Polk Vocational Services now providing alternative family living opportunities

Published 8:23 pm Monday, October 17, 2016

Polk Vocational Services is pleased to announce that they are now accredited and providing Alternative Family Living (AFL) opportunities for those with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD).

An AFL is a service designed to provide care and support in a family and home setting for persons with IDD. It can be thought of as foster care for adults. The AFL residents live in the homes as family members and participate in family activities. Each resident is carefully placed based on the needs of both the family and the individual.  An AFL provider may care for one, two or three people at a time depending on the AFL’s preference and training.

PVS is looking to recruit caring couples or individuals who have a home that they would like to open up to a person with IDD. These families are well compensated for their service and most home providers will average $40,000 per year. A Person-Centered Plan is developed with residents, guardians, and professional staffs toward helping residents increase their independence, participation in community life, and developing critical daily living and coping skills. We believe that together, we can make a difference in the lives of those with IDD.

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If interested in becoming an AFL please contact Toisan Eaves at 828-894-3041 or at teaves@polkvocational.com.

Submitted by Holly Greene