Making the Right Connection in Macomb County
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MAKING THE RIGHT CONNECTION
IN MACOMB COUNTY

Parenting Services
Section
V

SITUATION:    A parent with a child or children needs help in any of a variety of parenting issues

 

PARENTING CLASSES FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

Parenting classes for parents of children of all ages who need to develop empathy for children's experiences and a thorough understanding of age-appropriate behaviors. No eligibility requirement or referral required. Available from CARE of SE Michigan, (586) 541-0033. or visit their website at www.careofsem.com

PARENTING CLASSES/SERVICES FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN

Parenting Young Children is designed for parents with children 5 years of age and under and focuses on temperament, stages of development, expectations and age appropriate behavior. Call for fees and class schedule.  The book Parenting Young Children by Dinkmeyer and McKay is required and available at local bookstores and CARE. The classes are two hours a week for eight weeks.  Available  from CARE of SE Michigan - Family Programs, (586) 541-0033 or visit their website at www.careofsem.com.

Parenting School-Aged Children is designed for parents of children ages 6-12 and looks at issues of homework, bedtime routines, chores and sibling conflict. Call for fees and class schedule.  The book The Parents Handbook by Dinkmeyer and McKay is required and available at local bookstores and CARE. The classes are two hours a week for 8 weeks.  Available from CARE of SE Michigan - Family Programs, (586) 541-0033 0033 or visit their website at www.careofsem.com

An in-home parent education program for pregnant mothers and families who have children ages 0-5. This program provides intensive case management services (i.e. resource referrals, service coordination, transportation, etc.) to participants.  Available from the Supportive Opportunities program at CARE of Southeastern Michigan, (586) 541-2273 or www.careofsem.com.

PARENTING CLASSES FOR PARENTS OF TEENAGERS

Parenting Teenagers is designed for parents of teenagers ages 13-18 and looks at the challenges encountered by adolescents: independence, communication and peer pressure. Call for fees and class schedule.  The book Parenting Teenagers by Dinkmeyer and McKay is required and available at local bookstores and CARE.  The classes are two hours a week for 8 weeks.  Available quarterly from CARE of SE Michigan-Family Programs, (586) 541-0033 or visit the website at www.careofsem.com

PARENTING CLASSES FOR PARENTS IDENTIFIED AS HIGH RISK FOR CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT

Families First is an intensive 4-6 week in-home program for parents to prevent out-of- home placement of children or early reunification of the family. Issues dealt with include parenting, child management, family counseling, housing, and other skills development. The risk of removal of the child must be imminent for a family to be eligible for this program and they MUST be DHS clients. There is no fee. For more information about this program, call Orchards Children Services, (586) 997-3886.

PARENTING CLASSES FOR ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG PREVENTION

Substance abuse prevention information and materials are provided in all CARE parenting classes available through the CARE of SE Michigan office, (586) 541-0033 or visit their website at www.careofsem.com.

Parenting classes designed to keep kids drug free are available from some local school districts and PTAs. These parenting models include: Talking With Your Kids About Alcohol (TWYKAA), Parenting for Prevention, Common Sense, and Preparing for the Drug Free Years. Contact your local school district/PTA for times and dates.

PARENTING CLASSES FOR RECOVERING CODEPENDENTS

Exploring Relationships focuses on the special needs of parents who are working through their own recovery issues and need help in making positive changes in themselves and their children. Cost: $38.00 per person/$53.00 per couple for materials.  The classes are two hours a week for eight weeks and are available from CARE of SE Michigan - Family Programs, (586) 541-0033 or visit their website at www.careofsem.com.

PARENTING CLASSES FOR SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS

A free series designed for parents of children with physical and other health limitations (Do You Need A Hug?) is a free series designed for parents of children with physical and other health limitations.  Sibling supports (5-10 year olds) and free child care are available.  Classes are 1-1/2 hours a week for six weeks.  Available from CARE of SE Michigan - Parent Education Program, (586) 541-0033 or visit their website at www.careofsem.com.

OTHER PARENTING SERVICES

 

MACOMB HELP LINE FOR PARENTING ISSUES
(
866) 4MACOMB

 

COUNSELING SERVICES

Attachment Issues

In-home visits for low-income families with infants and children (pregnancy to age 3) who display disturbance of age-appropriate mental, behavioral, or emotional expressiveness, and did not respond to less-intensive intervention, and/or 2) Parent(s) of an infant/toddler has mental or emotional issues impacting their ability to nurture, protect, and facilitate secure attachment which results in a caregiving environment that places the child at-risk for serious emotional disturbance. Available from Macomb County Community Mental Health, Infant Mental Health program. To refer a potential client, call the CMH Access Center, (586) 948-0222.

Post-Abortion Couseling

Counseling for women who have undergone an abortion with sessions conducted by a counselor and/or priest and designed to help a female with post-abortion reconciliation including help in sorting through her feelings and dealing with unresolved conflict. Available to any female, regardless of faith from Catholic Charities of SE Michigan - Project Rachel, (586) 416-2300.

Pregnant Teens

Counseling Services for Pregnant Teens is a free program for any female planning to keep their child or give it up for adoption. Outreach service available. Topics include support resources, grief and issues around the unplanned pregnancy. Available from Catholic Charities of SE Michigan, Clinton Twp., (586) 416-2300.

Single Parents of Preschool Children

Counseling for Single Parents of Preschool Children is an individual counseling service for single parents of preschool children.  Outreach service available.  Sliding fees.  Topics include parenting and relationship issues.  Available from Catholic Charities of SE Michigan, Clinton Twp. (586) 416-2300.

PARENT GROUPS

Birth Mothers Support Group is a free monthly support group for mothers who have given up their child for adoption.  The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at Catholic Charities of SE Michigan-Clinton Twp. site, (586) 416-2300.

Family Support Network of Michigan is for families with special needs children which offers peer support on a one-to-one basis with a support parent who lives as near as possible and whose child has similar needs.  Group meetings are also available.  Available from the Children's Special Health Care Services, (800) 359-3722.

Prenatal Support Group and well-baby classes.  Available from Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center and Catholic Charities of SE Michigan.  For more information, call (800) 779-7178.

Educational group for all caregivers (birth parents, adoptive, or foster parent) of drug-exposed infants provides an educational support group for all caregivers of infants and children who were prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or other drugs.  Available from CARE of SE Michigan (586) 541-0033 or visit their website at www.careofsem.com.

SURROGATE BROTHERS AND SISTERS

Surrogate big brothers or big sisters is a free program which matches children aged 8-12 from one parent families with volunteers who act as surrogate brothers or sisters. The youth are signed up for the program until their 14th birthday but their relationship with a Big Brother or Big Sister is monitored until they are 18 years old. Volunteers are asked to make a long term commitment (6 months to a year) to the child.  There is constant monitoring of the family and referrals for problems that arise in the family. Available from Big Brothers/Big Sisters, (248) 569-0600 (Southfield), or www.bbbs.org.

FATHERING RESOURCES

The Center for Fathers and Families mission is research in fatherhood. Developing a database on fathering issues, research has led to isolating factors crucial for effective fathering. Academic orientation. c/o University of Pennsylvania, 3700 Walnut St., Box 58, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216. Telephone: (215) 573-5500; FAX: (215) 573-5508.

The Fatherhood Project is a broad research program that is examining how all of our social systems - including the workplace, social services, and the law - affect men’s connection to kids. Early emphasis on involving fathers in early childhood training. Families and Work Institute, 330 7th Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10001 (212) 465-2044 or www.fatherhoodproject.com.

The National Center for Fathering seeks to be a clear voice championing the role of fathering to this generation. By equipping fathers directly and by training professionals and other groups working to strengthen fathers, they desire to help men to realize the great power they have as fathers and encourage them to become more active in their children’s lives. 10200 W. 75th Street, Suite 267, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66204-2223. Telephone: (800) 593-DADS

National Fatherhood Initiative is working to deploy a national work force for the purpose of restoring the meaning and personal commitment to fatherhood. 101 Lake Forest Blvd., Ste 360, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Telephone: (301) 948-0599

The Washington State Father’s Network advocates for fathers and families of children with special needs. Goals of the network include sharing ideas and concerns, developing father support and mentoring programs, developing monographs and videos, assisting professionals in building inclusive programs for fathers and men in the health care delivery system, networking through a tri-yearly newsletter and promoting fathers as important, caring people in their children’s and family’s lives. 16120 N.E. Eighth Avenue, Bellevue, WA 98008, (425) 747-4004, ext. 218 or www.fathersnetwork.org.

National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization’s mission is to help young men become responsible nurturing resourceful fathers who create environments that are nurturing to their children. They have developed a program on modeling and interventions for African-American fathers. 9500 Arena Drive, Suite 400, Largo, MD 20774 or at www.fatherfamilylink.gse.upenn.edu.

National Center for Strategic Non-profit Planning and Community Leadership (NPCL) is a national non-profit corporation which designs, manages and evaluates initiatives that aim to help young people, especially those from poor families, increase their capabilities to lead productive lives.  2000 L Street NW, Suite 815, Washington, DC 20036, (888) 528-6725.  Information line:  (248) 799-9933.

OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE
CLOTHES

Baby clothes and baby furniture are sometimes available from the Macomb County Community Services Agency Community Action Centers:

North Center 58144 Gratiot New Haven, MI (586) 749-5146
Central Center 18 Market Street Mt. Clemens, MI (586) 469-6964
South Center 22856 Ryan Warren, MI (586) 759-9150

Baby clothes and baby furniture are sometimes available at Second Hand Rose Resale Shop, 158 S. Main, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043 (586) 468-3083.

Baby clothes are available at Children’s Resale Shops throughout Macomb County. Check the yellow pages for locations.

Maternity clothes, baby layettes, infants clothing size 2 and under, high chairs, car seats, etc. are available for youth experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Proof of need is required (i.e., Medicaid, etc.). Available from Birth Right of Macomb County, (586) 254-5930.

SECOND HAND/THRIFT STORES

Website for Thrift Stores: http://www.thethriftshopper.com

RESALE EVENTS CALENDAR

Mom-to-Mom Resale Events Calendar is available at www.mom2momlist.com

NEWSLETTERS

Adoptive Parents Magazine To order, call (800) 372-3300 or go to: http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/table_of_contents.php

Metro Parent magazine is a publication for parents published monthly. For more information go to :  http://www.metroparent.com/Metro-Parent/Contact-Us/Publications/events or http://www.metroparent.com/Metro-Parent/About-Us/

STEPping Stones is a quarterly newsletter about parenting issues. Available from CARE of SE Michigan - Parent Education Program.  To obtain the newsletter free via e-mail or to view it online, go to: www.careofsem.com