Nurturing the Families of Louisiana
When a Nurturing Parenting referral is received it is reviewed by the Director.
If the Director determines that it does not qualify for the Nurturing Parenting Class, but Parenting issues need to be addressed, he may recommend that a Family Life Skill Intervention (4-6 sessions) be implemented with the focus on specific Parenting issues or another Parenting program such as STEP may be assigned.
If there is a current class in session (passed the 3rd week) the referral would have to be placed on the waiting list until a new class starts or an alternate service will be offered.
On the initial visit the assessment worker has the necessary paperwork signed, explain the Nurturing Parenting class, note its length (16 weekly sessions lasting 2 hours), explained the in-home component, and have the client complete the NSCS and pre-AAPI.
If the children are in Foster Care, it is assumed that the foster Parent or DCFS will provide transportation.
The Nurturing facilitator follows the Lesson Outline and Program Schedule for each class session. The Lesson Outline describes each session, the competencies and the agenda that is to be followed.
Each client attending the class should attend each session (16 weeks), but if needed, they are allowed to miss 2 unexcused classes (that must be made up). If the client misses a class due to court, conflicting appointments mandated by DCFS, accepting a new job or a change in employment, an effort is made to assist the client in staying involved with their lessons, i.e. additional home visits.
The clients are requested and reminded to bring their journal to every class. Knowledge Questions , which are located in the Family Nurturing Plan, are given to each client after the teaching session. They are picked up before the Family Nurturing time.
An Assessment of Session Competencies is done on each client by the facilitator after each class.
A snack time is included in each class either in the middle or at the end. An activity is also usually done after the snacks have been served. On the 14th session the post AAPI and NSCS are administered.
Graduation is held at the 16th class. Each graduate receives a certificate if they have come to every session and/or made up missed sessions during in-home visits and completed their follow up visits. After graduation, the Nurturing Parenting Survey is given to every client and picked up for review by the facilitator.
Childrens Class The class is for children from ages 0-5 years old. The childrens class has a set agenda to follow when possible, depending upon the ages and makeup of the childrens group. Each agenda consist of arts and crafts, a song, and circle time where they learn a lesson that complement the adults class.
In-home Follow-Up Visits
Workers do a follow-up visit after the 1, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, and last sessions unless the client misses a session and needs a makeup session in the home. At the 8th and last session their DCFS worker are required by DCFS to attend. More visits can be done at the assigned workers discretion. In each follow up visit the client discuss the assignment as written in the Journal that was given to them at the 1st class. Other concerns not regarding Parenting might be discussed in this in-home visit.
Additional Parenting and Family Strengthening Programs Approved By DCFSSystematic Training for Effective Parenting ProgramsThree versions of the program are available and are designed for parents of differently- aged children:
Early Childhood STEP for parents of children under six,
STEP: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting the original program for parents of children six to twelve years of age.
STEP/Teen for parents of children 13-19 years of age.
STEPAdditional Parenting and Family Strengthening Programs Approved By DCFS
Three versions of the program are available and are designed for parents of differently- aged children:
Early Childhood STEP for parents of children under six, STEP: Systematic Training for Effective Parenting the original program for parents of children six to twelve years of age. STEP/Teen for parents of children 13-19 years of age.
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Programs
A 7 Week Educational Group for Parents and Youth (11 and up) designed to improve relationships, increase communication, and restore balance during the tween and teen years.Additional Parenting and Family Strengthening Programs Approved By DCFS
Visit Coaching Building on Family Strengths to Meet Childrens Needs .
Visit coaching includes:
Reaching agreement with the parent about the childs needs to be met in visits, connected to the risks that brought the child into care
Preparing parents for their childs reactions and how to plan to give their child their full attention at each visit
Appreciating the parents strengths in responding to their child and coaching them to improve their skills
Supportively reminding parents immediately before and during the visit of how they plan to meet the particular needs of their children
Helping parents cope with their feelings in order to visit consistently
FAMILY SKILLS TRAININGENVIRONMENTAL AND SAFETYRELATIONSHIP AND COMMUNICATION SKILLSHEALTH CARE ADVOCACYEDUCATIONAL ADVOCACYDEVELOPMENTAL ISSUESDAY TO DAY PARENTINGRESOURCE MANAGEMENT
FAMILY SKILLS TRAININGRELATIONSHIP AND COMMUNICATION SKILLSTYPES OF SKILLS: Focus on healthy relationship skills (when Domestic Violence is not present) Referral support to appropriate Community Agency when Domestic Violence is not present Use of Knapsack, PREP material to enhance communication within family Use of SAMSHA supported Anger Management curriculum Use of other acceptable models to teach communication within the family
FAMILY SKILLS TRAININGDEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES
TYPES OF SKILLS:
Education regarding Developmental Stages and expectations
Nurturing as a Lifestyle
Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Parenting children with special needs
Parenting a substance exposed infant
FAMILY SKILLS TRAININGDAY TO DAY PARENTINGTYPE OF SKILLS:
Show new parents how to adjust to being parents (Topics may include crying, sleeping, feeding, and understanding infant behavior and development Stress management: What do I do when there is no one to help Juggling task and chores Parenting a LGBT child Assisting parents in identifying supports within their environment Age appropriate discipline techniques
And the List Goes ON.
HEALTH CARE ADVOCACYFAMILY SKILLS TRAINING
TYPE OF SKILLS:
Parents/child understanding of specific medical instructions
Accompany parent to medical appointment
Provide family with information and resource material regarding specific medical problems
Teach parents how to access medical treatment
Teach parents how to navigate in the mental health system
FAMILY SKILLS TRAININGENVIRONMENTAL & SAFETYTYPE OF SKILLS: Familys understanding of environmental factors which need to be addressed and corrected (sanitation, hygiene, etc.) Assist family in correcting safety concerns when appropriate (i.e. baby proofing the home Hands on teaching or assistance in organizing home environment Referrals to other agencies if appropriate
FAMILY SKILLS TRAININGEDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY
TYPE OF SKILLS: Assist parent in learning educational options Assist parent in understanding schools concerns while advocating for child Assist school in understanding special needs of family Referrals to other community resources (i.e. Families helping Families, additional assessments resources, tutoring, mentoring Serve as mediator between school and families if needed Assist parent in becoming actively supportive and involved in their childs education Assist parent in becoming aware of childs educational needs and actively advocating for them
FAMILY SKILLS TRAININGRESOURCE MANAGEMENTTYPE OF SKILLS: Education regarding Developmental Stages and Expectations Nurturing as a Lifestyle Nutrition & Healthy Eating Parenting children with special needs Parenting a substance exposed infant
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