One of the best ways to protect children is to transform communities to better support parents in need. The Family Life Education Services division of CHS provides a wide array of community education programs focusing on helping parents understand the impact of their choices on their child’s life and helping adolescents and young adults make healthy decisions for their future.
The Family Life Education Services division of CHS exists to strengthen families by providing key information, building community supports, and helping parents learn nurturing relationship skills. Our programs work to keep families healthy and prevent normal family stresses from developing into damaging family crises that require expensive interventions.
CHS parenting education programs are diverse and help families deal with an array of issues including:
FAMILY EDUCATION AND SUPPORT –
Provides individual parent education to families involved in CHS programs such as Foster Care to Permanency or Child-Focused Recruitment. Funding is partially provided through a contract with the State known as the Permanency Innovation Initiative (PII)*.
GOOD BEGINNINGS FOR TEEN PARENTS –
Provides parenting and health education to pregnant and parenting adolescent females. The program is facilitated in selected school sites in Guilford County. Goals of the program include promoting a healthy pregnancy and early parenting and encouraging the young mothers to stay in school. Funding is provided through grants from the United Way and private foundations.
GROUP PARENTING PROGRAMS –
Provide varied educational programming to best meet the needs of families. Several curricula are used by CHS including Triple P, Nurturing Parenting, and Circle of Parents. CHS Parent Educators also design presentations upon request to meet specific group needs. Funding is provided through grants from the United Way and private foundations.
INDIVIDUAL PARENT EDUCATION –
Provides one-on-one sessions with parents, utilizing evidence-based approaches to address specific needs for the family. Curricula used include Triple P, Promoting First Relationships, Active Parenting, and Nurturing Parenting. Funding is provided through grants from the United Way and private foundations.
PARENTING UNDER TWO ROOFS –
Provides four-hours of educational programming for parents who are separated, divorced, or otherwise involved in a custody dispute with another parent. The program teaches strategies for managing family transitions and co-parenting arrangements in a way that is healthy for the child. Funding is fee-based.
An evidence-based, interdisciplinary pediatric primary care program that ensures babies and toddlers receive nurturing parenting and have healthy development. Specialists meet with parents of children birth to age 3 at children’s well-child visits in pediatric offices in Guilford County.
PARTNERING FOR HEALTHY PARENTING –
Provides the opportunity for parent education within pediatric well-visits. Embedded into the flow of the well-visit, a parent educator meets with parents of children birth through adolescence during their child’s well-child visit to the pediatrician. The Parent Educator uses Triple P and other evidence-based resources to support healthy parenting. Additional visits can be scheduled for one-on-one parent education at another time. Funding for this Guilford County program is provided through grants from the United Way and private foundations.
The Family Life Education Services division also provides professional training to individuals working with families, teens, or young children across multiple disciplines. Training is designed to support professionals further develop their awareness and skills to improve their impact.
Professional Training topics include:
- Attachment and Trust
- Building Resilient Teams
- Child-Focused Recruitment: Unadoptable is Unacceptable
- Effective and Meaningful Family Engagement
- Engaging Fathers
- Giving the Gift of Resilience
- Keeping It In the Family: Supporting Kinship Care
- Maintaining the Capacity to Care: A Look at Compassion Fatigue
- Substance Abuse – Why We Use, Even When It Hurts
- Supporting Sibling Relationships in Foster Care and Adoption
- Understanding and Managing Difficult Behavior
- Understanding the Effects of Trauma