Making the Parenting Connection Between Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, and Substance Abuse
Parenting Primary responsibility Raise and nurture Vary in culture, language, structure Evolving Most vital skill for our future
Parenting Education Good parents are made, not born Especially valuable prenatally or when children are young, and during adolescence Strengths-based approach Community connections Utilize evidence-based practice, evaluation, and professional development
Parenting in New York State NYS Parenting Education Partnership
Vision All children will grow up in nurturing families
Mission To enhance parenting skills, knowledge, and behavior through a strong, statewide network that promotes and improves parenting education
Goals Information Quality Participation Funding
Strengthening Families Program Parents or caregivers with children ages 3-16 www.strengtheningfamilieprogram.org
Strengthening Families Increase resilience and reduce risk factors for children Designed for substance users, now widely used with any at-risk parents, this program is based on behavioral and cognitive skills training. Includes parenting skills, children's life skills, and family life skills. Content covered includes: academic achievement, antisocial/aggressive behavior, social and emotional learning, booster sessions, parent-child interactions, parent training, and skills development.
Celebrating Families! Ages 3 and up www.celebratingfamilies.net
Celebrating Families! Engages every member of the family, increases child and parent skills, improves family functioning and increases successful family reunification. Celebrating Families! fosters the development of healthy, fulfilled, and addiction-free individuals and families by increasing resiliency factors and decreasing risk factors. The Celebrating Families! curriculum consists of sixteen two-hour sessions beginning with a family meal. Explores the four aspects of healthy living: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual. Incorporates addiction/recovery concepts with healthy family living skills. Is inclusive of all family members ages 3 to adult.
Celebrating Families! Earlier evaluations in Santa Clara, CA and elsewhere also indicate positive impact of the curriculum on family functioning, decreasing relapse/recidivism and increasing family re-unification. For example, in one evaluation the length of stay in foster care was reduced by 50%, while in another 100% of the parents were drug free 12 months later. Typically, 70% to 75% of the families with children placed in foster care are successfully reunified after completing the curriculum. Celebrating Families! was submitted to SAMHSA’s National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP) in 2007, has passed two levels of review and is awaiting a final determination.
10 Simple Things I Learned About Parenting from Being a Parent and Grandparent
10 Simple Things Be affectionate Tell them you love them often Praise them (truthfully) Encourage a child’s abilities and positive interests Have a Family Night
10 Simple Things Enjoy age appropriate activities Be a good listener Show up for them – be there – be supportive Give plenty of direction to children when they are small and don’t ask for it, don’t give advice to adult children unless they ask for it You can work hard to create a business enterprise but remember your child is your greatest creation