PARTNERING WITH PARENTS
Partnering With Parents was created with the goal of reducing child neglect and abuse in Mower and Freeborn Counties. They sought to do this by providing a continuum of easily accessible secondary prevention services that strengthen families by increasing research-based protective factors that include: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete supports in times of need, children’s social and emotional competence and cultural relevance and affirmation. The target populations are parents/care-givers, and the children in their care, who are experiencing the intense stresses of poverty, employment transition, divorce, single parenting, rural isolationism, and cultural transitioning. Partnering with Parents in Freeborn and Mower Counties is a comprehensive, cohesive program strategy that links a spectrum of our integrated secondary prevention services:
- The Parent2Parent peer support program, coordinated through the Parent WarmLine toll-free telephone service, matches, upon request, trained “veteran” parents with children with disabilities with parents whose children have been newly diagnosed with a disability; parent mentors have experience with a range of disabilities that include ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, cleft lip and palate, developmental delays, down’s syndrome, dyslexia, epilepsy, language delays, learning disabilities, blindness, mental illness that includes schizophrenia, reactive detachment disorder, seizure disorders , still-birth and adolescent death.
- Parenting Education sessions, emphasizing safe discipline methods, are taught by professional parent educators for parents challenged by multiple risk factors. Parenting classes are incorporated into Parents Forever divorce education, Work Force Development job-search classes, Riverland College Parent Center lunches, Hispanic Parent meetings at Banfield, and the Freeborn and Mower Counties Detention Centers.
- Individual Parent Education sessions which are available for parents, targeting parents who are referred by county social workers or the Courts.