MAKING THE RIGHT
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Support group for stay-at-home mothers meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm No child care is available. Activities include: guest speakers; monthly "moms night out"; weekly play groups. An annual fee of $45.00 covers the costs of speakers and a group newsletter. Available at Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center* in Mt. Clemens. Contact: Debbie Croud, (586) 779-7716 or Debbie Ellinger, (586) 264-3528.
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 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.
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 mens 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 childrens 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 Fathers 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 Revitalizations 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.
Baby clothes and baby furniture are sometimes available from the Macomb County Community Services Agency Community Action Centers*:
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 Childrens 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.
Website for Thrift Stores: http://www.thethriftshopper.com
Adoptive Parents Magazine To order, call (800) 372-3300.
Metro Parent Magazine is a publication for parents. It is published 11 times a year. Subscriptions are $25.00 for first class and $15.00 for bulk rate per year. To order, write to Metro Parent, 24507 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 150, Southfield, MI 48075. (248) 352-0990.
STEPping Stones is a quarterly newsletter about parenting issues. Available from CARE of SE Michigan* - Parent Education Program. Cost: $10.00/2 year subscription for mailing. To order, call (586) 541-0033 or visit their website at www.careofsem.com to obtain via e-mail.