Making the Parenting Connection<br />Between Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, and Substance Abuse<br />
Parenting<br />Primary responsibility<br />Raise and nurture<br />Vary in culture, language, structure<br />Evolving<br />Most vital skill for our future<br />
Parenting Education<br />Good parents are made, not born<br />Especially valuable prenatally or when children are young, and during adolescence<br />Strengths-based approach<br />Community connections<br />Utilize evidence-based practice, evaluation, and professional development<br />
Parenting in New York State<br />NYS Parenting Education Partnership<br />
Vision<br />All children will grow up in nurturing families<br />
Mission<br />To enhance parenting skills, knowledge, and behavior through a strong, statewide network that promotes and improves parenting education<br />
Strengthening Families Program<br />Parents or caregivers with children ages 3-16<br />www.strengtheningfamilieprogram.org<br />
Strengthening Families<br />Increase resilience and reduce risk factors for children<br />Designed for substance users, now widely used with any at-risk parents, this program is based on behavioral and cognitive skills training.<br />Includes parenting skills, children's life skills, and family life skills.<br />Content covered includes: academic achievement, antisocial/aggressive behavior, social and emotional learning, booster sessions, parent-child interactions, parent training, and skills development.<br />
Celebrating Families!<br />Ages 3 and up<br />www.celebratingfamilies.net<br />
Celebrating Families!<br />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. <br />The Celebrating Families! curriculum consists of sixteen two-hour sessions beginning with a family meal.<br />Explores the four aspects of healthy living: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual.<br />Incorporates addiction/recovery concepts with healthy family living skills.<br />Is inclusive of all family members ages 3 to adult.<br />
Celebrating Families!<br />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.<br />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. <br />
10 Simple Things<br />I Learned About Parenting from Being a Parent and Grandparent<br />
10 Simple Things<br />Be affectionate<br />Tell them you love them often<br />Praise them (truthfully)<br />Encourage a child’s abilities and positive interests<br />Have a Family Night<br />
10 Simple Things<br />Enjoy age appropriate activities<br />Be a good listener<br />Show up for them – be there – be supportive<br />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<br />You can work hard to create a business enterprise but remember your child is your greatest creation<br />
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