parent education and support
Our Prevention Programs serve families in Washtenaw, Lenawee, and Monroe counties. The six-month intensive and individualized in-home programs support families who are involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) to prevent removal and serve families whose children are placed in foster care who have a goal of family reunification.
Our two current contracts include the Direct Family Assistance (DFA) program in Lenawee and Monroe and an In-Home Parent Education program in Washtenaw. These programs serve the same purpose: to help strengthen and support families during times of crisis. Each family's unique needs and strengths are assessed to develop a service plan specifically for them and to set and met goals in our four focus areas: 1) Parent Education, 2) Resiliency, 3) Home Management, and 4) Resources.
HATW currently offers Parent Education services to over 75 families annually in Washtenaw, Monroe, and Lenawee counties.
Our Parent Education program provides personal one-on-one education and coaching to families, based on the specific needs of each client. Some clients need guidance on what challenges to prioritize. Many parents need aid in accessing concrete resources, such as affordable housing, food banks, employment opportunities, or social benefits such as food stamps or Medicaid.
Others need advice on how to handle their children’s difficult or problematic behaviors.
In order to best serve and guide our clients, our Parent Education staff utilize the Bavolek Nurturing Parenting Curriculum. This evidence-based program has allowed parents to increase their skills as a parent and feel prepared and confident.
Referred clients will receive coaching and support from program staff during a visit with their children. Program staff will help parents in redirecting children's challenging behaviors, identify areas for growth and areas of strength, and generally act as a coach and support for the client.
Our staff are trained in Dr. Bavolek's Nurturing Parenting program, and use the curriculum in conjunction with other techniques to strengthen parenting skills, expand knowledge of child development, and problem solve challenging behavior management situations.
HATW understands and promotes practicing resiliency by supporting kids and parents through trauma and expanding their knowledge on how Adverse Childhood Experiences such as parental separation, substance abuse, and domestic violence effect our children and influence our own development into adulthood.
HATW's staff assist parents in managing the chaos of juggling schedules for themselves, their children, and their household demands.
Our staff connect clients with available resources and can serve as MI Bridges Navigation Partners to assist families and individuals in applying for government assistance.