The STEP Program
Our Parenting program provides parents with primary child raising skills. We use the Systemic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), which was developed in 1976 and has become one of the most well recognized parent education materials in North America. This program teaches skills that promote cooperation, responsibility and self-reliance. In this training, we also strongly encourage mutual respect among the parent and child. This program is designed to improve child behavioral problems through the use of parent mental and educational treatment.
What Is Parent Aide?
The Parent Aide Program is an in-home and community visitation and family support service that assists many families with children. This program consists of parent aides who teach parents to become more active, responsible and supportive to their children’s needs.
What to Expect?
Our Parent Aide families can expect to receive numerous services that will help them to solve the challenges they encounter. These services include but are not limited to:
- Parenting Skills
- Encouragement & Empowerment
- Access to Community Resources
- Counseling Referrals
- Parent/Child Conflict Resolution
- Ending Communication Barriers
- Building Healthy Relationships
- Life Management Skills
- Home Management Skills
- Meal Planning Tips
- Healthy Alternatives
- Safety & Support
- Budgeting & Money Management
- Education & Attendance
- Arranging Tutoring & Resources
- Identifying Housing
The Parent Aide
A great mentoring relationship between the Parent Aide and the family can provide the support and structure for healing from abuse and/or neglect. The Parent Aide will begin a lasting friendship and relationship that will:
- End the cycle of any abuse or neglect
- Create a bond with the Parent(s)
- Deescalate crisis situations
- Help the parent(s) with community resources
- Exemplify great parenting and life skills
Parent Aides are required to have a High School diploma, own transportation, complete First Aid/CPR, Mental Health First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Behavioral Management, HIPAA and Parent Aide Orientation. Parent Aides meet with their families 5-15 hours per week based on family needs. Parent Aides will also meet with the Parent Aide Coordinator once per week to discuss the family’s progress.
Who can be a part of Parent Aide?
All parents with children under the age of 18 can participate in the Parent Aide program. You must be interested in participating in any of the services that Parent Aide offers based upon your needs.
What will my Parent Aide do for me?
Your Parent Aide will provide support, guidance and be a positive role model. They will also assist you with the necessary services needed for your family.
How long will my aide work with me?
Your Parent Aide program is designed specifically for each family. The duration of services varies based upon your individual needs.
What can I do to achieve my goals?
In order to achieve your goals, you should always keep your appointments with your Parent Aide, be open to learn, be attentive, provide feedback, ask for help when needed and believe in yourself.
How do I sign up for Parent Aide?
You may contact your local CSA or FAPT Team Member at your local Department of Social Services.