Across both of our child-serving programs, positive outcomes for children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect is paramount. Over the past year, we’ve implemented new strategies within our programs to better support the kids we serve, and build better supports for their families, the volunteers who advocate for them, and buffer protective factors toward brighter futures.

In our Safe Exchange and Visitation program, we’ve paid special attention to increasing the availability of strengths-based, trauma-informed parenting education and support for our families. We’ve been working in collaboration with our parents to practice a wide variety of parenting skills aimed at improving parent-child relationships and strengthening healthy child development. One of these skill-sets is positive co-parenting, which research suggests improves parental involvement of the nonresident parent and acts as a protective factor for the child’s overall well-being. According to research compiled by the Urban Child Institute, “When mothers and fathers support and encourage each other, they are more likely to engage in the sensitive parenting necessary for their children’s optimal brain development.”

Recently, a family preparing to transition away from our services took an amazing co-parenting step together with staff present. Following a recent visit, the two parents worked together to establish boundaries for a present the mother had given their son for his birthday. The parents were able to sit down with the child and communicate their expectations. The child went away from this with support from both parents and understanding that they were all on the same page! Our Case Management team encourages all families to work towards creating a supportive environment for their children.

Thanks to Faust at PEXELS for the image.