Hearts and Homes provides critical support services to families who currently have children in foster, kinship, or dual custody care by providing programs and training that aim to preserve and strengthen family ties. We offer parent education and support services which are targeted to birth parents whose children have been removed by child protection services and /or the justice system. Our organization has provided customized classes for the past 9 years with the aim of equipping parents with the skills, attitudes and parenting techniques they will need in order to regain custody of their children. We also aim to decrease the number of children who are removed from their homes more than once.
The program offers a series of 13 intensive parenting classes. Sessions are based on the (updated) Nurturing Parenting Program® which covers five main areas: age-appropriate expectations and self-worth, responding empathically to your child’s needs, disciplining and guiding children with dignity, self-awareness and appropriate family roles, and empowering children and adults. The program offers an evidence-based course of materials which has direct relevance for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. It is accompanied by pre and post test parenting evaluations (the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory, AAPI) designed to assess high risk parenting attitudes. Additional practical topics are covered, including safety and nutrition.
The program is presented by qualified and experienced facilitators. Guest presenters with specialist expertise are also incorporated into the program. Each class is 2 hours in length, with additional pre-class discussion over a light meal, and post-class opportunities for follow up of discuss weekly progress and issues of concern or interest. One-on-one pre and post course interviews are also a key component of the instruction.
Outcomes include objectively measured progress according to AAPI results for individual participants, as well as progress on individual treatment plans. The overall aim is to promote parenting understanding, knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors which will be positive outcomes for parents, and promote the wellbeing of children.
Parents are referred to the classes by Child and Family Services, counselors, courts, attorneys, and human service organizations. We also encourage self referrals by those who believe they could benefit from the classes. Program Fees: We charge a sliding scale fee based on income.
For information, class registration and intake appointments call 406-585-8544, Monday thru Friday, from 9am to 4pm.