We offer the following programs to help families at risk for child abuse and neglect, domestic unrest or violence.
This home visitation program provides at-risk families in Greene County with the support, education and guidance they need. Individuals must be pregnant in order to participate in of this program. Participants learn about breast feeding, delaying subsequent pregnancies, methods of smoking cessation and the importance of vaccinations for all children. Better Beginnings is funded by grants from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Court-Mandated Parent Education
Court-Mandated Parent Education Class is an intensive 12-week program that offers general parent education and family support for parents who would benefit from a highly structured and thoroughly documented parenting class. Court-Mandated Parent Aide is an individual intensive in-home parent education program at the request of the Division of Children’s Services. Both programs are funded through the Missouri Department of Social Services.
Empowering Pregnant and Parenting Teens helps prevent child abuse and neglect by educating teen parents-to-be and teen parents on the different stages of a child's development through Pregnant and Parenting Teen Parent Workshops based on the 1- 2- 3- 4 Parents! curriculum and emphasizing Positive Youth Development strategies. The better they understand what is age-appropriate and realistic to expect, the better the parenting. Teen parents are encouraged to take an active role in both shaping and delivering workshop content. Outreach for the teen parent workshops will be conducted through education and awareness to the local high schools, churches, homeless youth street outreach center, Pregnancy Care Center, hospitals, schools, and more. Empowering Parents and Teens is a child abuse and neglect prevention program that provides parent education and support for parents and their teenage children. Workshops are designed to engage both parents and teens in learning how to communicate, set limits and effectively solve family problems and conflicts. Families and facilitators together design and implement workshops.
Foundations of Fatherhood
Children are more successful and have a more fulfilling life when they have a warm, nurturing relationship with their fathers. Foundations of Fatherhood prepares men to assume the parental, legal and financial responsibilities that keep them connected and involved in their children’s lives. Issues addressed in this class include character, communication, healthy adult relationships, traditions, culture, positive parenting and support systems.
Foundations of Fatherhood is funded through Children’s Trust Fund License Plate Program.
Mid-South Family Development Credentialing Program
This program is for frontline workers in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas is designed to reorient human service practice to a family support approach. The program offers a research-based, comprehensive curriculum in family support principles, which significantly improves the ability of frontline workers to help families and individuals set and reach their own goals for self-reliance. After successfully completing 90 classroom hours of instruction, a standardized exam, and a portfolio developed under one-on-one guidance of a community-based Portfolio Advisor, workers receive the Family Development Credential from University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences Family Studies Program.
Developmental classes are offered to parents and children ages birth to 30 months. The Baby Games program helps parents to understand child development, develop positive parent-child interaction and learn about bonding and attachment. The Terrific 2s program helps parents find stability in a time of constant change. They will come to understand age-appropriate expectations, recognize the importance of stability and consistency, and learn positive discipline and guidance.