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  • 1. Making the Parenting Connection
    Between Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, and Substance Abuse
  • 2. Parenting
    Primary responsibility
    Raise and nurture
    Vary in culture, language, structure
    Most vital skill for our future
  • 3. 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
  • 4. Parenting in New York State
    NYS Parenting Education Partnership
  • 5. Vision
    All children will grow up in nurturing families
  • 6. Mission
    To enhance parenting skills, knowledge, and behavior through a strong, statewide network that promotes and improves parenting education
  • 7. Goals
  • 8. Strengthening Families Program
    Parents or caregivers with children ages 3-16
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. Strengthening Families
    BVP: Promising
    OJJDP: Exemplary
    PPN: Screened
  • 11. Celebrating Families!
    Ages 3 and up
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. Erickson’s Childhood Developmental Stages
  • 15. Erickson’s Child Developmental Stages
  • 16. 10 Simple Things
    I Learned About Parenting from Being a Parent and Grandparent
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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
  • 19. Resources