Prevention Efforts for Youth and Families
The About F.A.C.E. Collaborative Management Program (CMP) Interagency Oversight Group (IOG) is offering Prevention Program Funding to assist with the financial support of prevention programs that align with performance outcome goals and efforts of the IOG. Prevention Program Funding is financially funded through CMP incentive dollars awarded to County Departments of Human Services through the office of Children Youth & Families.
The maximum funding request, per application, is an amount of $5,000.00.
CMP Prevention Program Funding applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Applications meeting all of the CMP requirements will be presented at the following regular monthly meeting of the About F.A.C.E. IOG for approval by a majority vote of the respective IOG. The individual or agency requesting funding will be required to present their application to the IOG to address any questions regarding the program being presented for funding.
The About F.A.C.E. CMP encourages applicants to illustrate how multiple disciplines or agencies are involved in the development, enhancement, or administration of the program or service being presented, and to illustrate any blending and braiding of resources or cost-sharing.
Contact the AboutFACE Coordinator, Lisa Thomas, to inquire:
Parenting With Love & Logic
Parents, grandparents, teachers, and other caretakers working with children ages 0 – 18.
The Love and Logic Institute, Inc. developed training materials designed to teach educators and parents how to experience less stress while helping young people learn the skills required for success in today’s world. This approach, called Love and Logic, is based on the following two assumptions:
That children learn the best lessons when they are given a task and allowed to make their own choices (and fail) when the cost of failure is still small; and
That a child’s failures must be coupled with love and empathy from their parents, caregivers, and teachers.
This model has been used by parents and teachers and has been applied to a wide range of situations. The overall goal of Love and Logic is to help parents and caregivers avoid negative interactions with their children that lead to neglect and abuse.
Love and Logic programs are based on the following four principles which are designed to enhance the relationship between the adult and the child:
Build Self-Concept: Help children feel good about themselves.
Share Control: Give children choices that do not cause problems for others.
Provide Empathy: Provide a strong dose of empathy before delivering consequences.
Share Thinking: Allow the child to think and solve their own problems.
Caregivers are taught new skills in a group setting to deal with children in a calm way:
Adults set limits without anger, lectures, threats or repeated warnings and instead use enforceable statements.
When children identify problems, adults hand these problems back in loving ways by replacing anger and lectures with a strong dose of empathy.
Love and Logic directly provides services to parents and caregivers and addresses the risk of using anger in response to their child's behavior.
Through the CQI process, there is an identified need to expand parenting support and community training opportunities of Love and Logic for Kiowa County families.
Expanding the Love and Logic program will be supported and overseen by several Kiowa County About F.A.C.E. CMP partners and the IOG.
Partners involved in the support, oversight, delivery, and referral include:
Kiowa County DSS, Kiowa County Public Health, Southeast Health Group, Ryon Medical Associates, Eads School District, Plainview School District, along with the Kiowa County Family Representative and SafeCare Colorado and advisory partners SE BOCES and GOAL Academy.
Circle of Parents
Circle of Parents is a community based and parent lead support group to promote positive parenting. Circle of Parents is based on the following network standards to guide groups:
The groups utilize the mutual self-help support model.
A trained group facilitator and parent leader facilitate the support groups.
Open groups meet regularly (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly) and are offered at no cost to any participant.
Driven by parent need and feasibility, a no-cost children’s program is available; if not possible, then quality childcare is provided.
The group facilitator, parent leader and other group members are available to one another between group meetings.
Groups are ongoing, require no intake, and, with few exceptions, are open to all parents.
Group members are assured of confidentiality in a non-judgmental environment within the limits of the law.
Community resource information that supports healthy family development is available to all group members.
Children’s programs are an integral part of Circle of Parents programming. The goal of children’s programs is to provide developmentally appropriate, skill building activities that will increase children’s confidence and self-worth while providing fun and enjoyment. Children’s programs provide an additional incentive for parents to attend Circle of Parents meetings by providing a safe, entertaining, and educational place for their children.
The children’s program helps children build relationships with one another and with the children’s program staff while their parents or caregivers are meeting in a separate group. The relationships will vary according to the child’s age and developmental needs. The children’s program staff creates many opportunities for children to be nurtured as well as to enhance their self-esteem and further their social skills. Children learn non-violent problem solving through the development of cooperative relationships and are able to practice problem solving and conflict resolution. Children’s Programs are staffed by childcare workers screened and trained by individual programs.
Circle of Parents is coordinated through the About F.A.C.E. Collaborative Management Program in response to the expressed need from community parents, area schools, mental health providers, DHS, SafeCare, and other CMP partners. The About F.A.C.E. IOG will provide oversight and direction of this prevention program. Circle of Parents is the only community based family support group for families with children of all ages.
By providing education and support for youth and their parents and/or caregivers to strengthen their family and parenting relationship, Circle of Parents encourages the full potential of the family for success. Through Circle of Parents families are brought together to strengthen their social networks, broaden their knowledge of resources to support a healthy family, and to build parental competency and community values in which children, youth, and families can thrive.