Family Support

Our Specialists

The role of the Family Support Specialists is to support parents and their children. This work is done in homes and in the community by providing parents with resources and referrals; parenting education; developmental assessments for their children; and positive behavioral management services designed to increase the parent’s knowledge of child

development and enhance positive interactions with their children.

How Can Family Support Specialists Help?

  • Work with families to strengthen their existing support systems

  • Support and empower parents by helping them to navigate challenging social service systems and advocating on their behalf

  • Encourage and model self-care, teach mindfulness skills to cope with everyday stresses

  • Help with decreasing feelings of isolation, anxiety, and stress when parents are facing barriers that interfere with their general well-being and sense of security and stability

  • Connect children and families with additional community services and supports to reduce worries about basic needs

  • Introduce and reinforce positive behavioral management skills/techniques to increase and improve parents’ confidence in understanding and managing their children’s behaviors

Who Are These Services For?

  • Parents of children ages birth to 18 who:

  • Who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and stress associated unmet basic needs

  • Involved with the Family Courts, County’s child welfare system and in some cases, incarcerated parents

  • Need support communicating and maintaining a more positive parent/child relationship

  • Parents who want their children to delight in their childhood and wish to experience the joy of parenting