Family Service & Children’s Aid – Born Free

Family Service & Children’s Aid – Born Free


Located in Jackson, Mich., 40 miles west of Ann Arbor, Family Service & Children’s Aid provides a range of community-based services for children and families of Jackson County. Born Free, a service of the not-for-profit organization, is a gender-specific, outpatient-based treatment program for women struggling with chemical dependency, as well as co-occurring mental health difficulties. Born Free offers both an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and a traditional outpatient program. On-site detoxification is not available.


To identify individual needs, clients may first participate in an initial behavioral and psychological assessment. Born Free offers two levels of outpatient care. The intensive outpatient program requires clients to attend 10 or more hours of weekly programming, while the traditional outpatient program entails nine or less hours of weekly treatment. To accommodate the unique needs of its clientele, Born Free offers transportation to treatment, as well as childcare for mothers with young children during treatment.

Born Free’s core programming is a combination of individual and group counseling sessions and ongoing case management. Along with individual counseling sessions with a primary counselor, clients attend specialized group counseling sessions that address a variety of relevant issues. The facility offers specialized sessions on parenting, co-occurring mental health disorders, peer-led support groups, recovery maintenance, and family support.

In addition, Born Free facilitates a variety of outpatient program tracks to identify and treat specific issues that may contribute to behavioral health issues. For example, Born Free offers an eight-week program on understanding relationships, a six-week program on anger management, and a 22-week Seeking Safety program for individuals affected by trauma. Most specialized group sessions and specialized program tracks are held on weekday morning; however, the family program, Celebrating Families in Recovery, is held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Born Free also provides ongoing case management to ensure clients have access to resources that support recovery and self-sufficiency. Case management may include referrals to sober or supportive housing, vocational training, community-based support networks, and continuing care programs.


Born Free’s treatment staff is comprised of clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, case managers, and child care specialists.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni. However, the one reviewer on Google granted Born Free five out of five stars, with no additional comments.[1]


The sole staff member polled by at the time of this writing felt the facility excelled in most areas. Out of five stars, the staff member offered perfect five-star rating for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training, as well as the facility’s level of family participation and its discharge planning. “Caring therapists, comfortable environment, safe, nurturing and affordable,” the employee wrote. Citing the staff’s commitment to client care as a facility strength, the anonymous employee also provided ratings of four stars for the facility’s counseling options.


According to the facility’s website, Family Service & Children’s Aid accepts some private insurance plans, as well as Medicaid. Funding and financial assistance may be available to uninsured clients.


Family Service & Children’s Aid – Born Free Reviews

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  • Women only facility, fabulous therapists, caring staff. Intenisvie outpatient and outpatient treatment.Both groups and individual sessions. Caring therapists, comfortable environment, safe,nurturing and affordable. They don't give up on you and they call you out on your bullpoop.