Our Family Services Department strives to provide local families with a support structure and nurturing environment in which parents actively participate in programs that help provide the tools necessary for their children’s future success.
Our prevention programs are targeted to low and moderate income families who are striving to make financial security, family stability, healthy relationships and educational success a reality for their children.
Family Relationship Programs
Our trained staff facilitate The Incredible Years® evidence based parenting programs focusing on strengthening parenting competencies and fostering parent involvement in children’s school experiences, to promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills and reduce conduct problems.
- Parent groups are delivered in 8 weekly group sessions of 2 hours
- Group sessions focus on: strengthening parent-child interactions, nurturing relationships, reducing harsh discipline, and fostering parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional, and language development.
- Preschool and School Age Parent groups encourage parents as they learn to promote school readiness skills.
- Parents are encouraged to partner with teachers and be involved in children’s school experiences to promote children’s academic and social skills, emotional self-regulation, and to reduce conduct problems.
- There are also parent program protocols for use as a prevention program or as a treatment for children with conduct problems and/or ADHD.
Family Emergency Services Programs
- We offer referrals, individualized life skills education in budgeting, family nutrition, job search activities, financial assistance for basic needs to local families, back-to-school supplies for children and youth entering grades K-12, as well as holiday assistance to MLK Center families.
Crime Victim Advocacy
- Our Crime Victim Advocacy program helps individuals to understand the impact of crime and assesses their immediate needs and concerns. Trained staff assist victims in developing safety plans, access victim compensation, and provide guidance in navigating the criminal justice and social service systems.
- This service is free and available to victims of hate crimes, gang violence, assault, robbery/burglary; property crimes; landlord issues; DUI; elder abuse.
- Our intervention services seek to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, oppression, abuse and/or neglect and are referred by the state Department of Child and Family Services.
Family Preservation Services
- We provide home visitation, parent education, cultural support and concrete assistance to keep children out of foster care or help them return home when parents have made the changes that are needed to keep them safe.
- We provide psycho-social and parenting assessments, video-based parent-child attachment therapy, individual counseling, family counseling and hands-on parent education to families with children in foster care.
For more information about these and other services provided by our Family Services Department, please contact (509) 455-8722.