Family Strengthening & Support Programs

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Programs listed in this category include: advocacy and parent resources, specialized counseling services for children and/or their families, parent education and support, relative and kinship caregiver support, and services for special needs children and their families.

Adoption Preservation and Support Services

Chosen Families Program

Chosen Families Program

Program provides adoption preservation and support services through a multi-agency, integrated service delivery system in conjunction with partnering organizations (Family Network on Disabilities and Family Resources). Adoptive families are screened for the type of services needed and the level of urgency for accessing services.

Types of services available:

- Case management - includes intake and assessment, connection to appropriate services, advocacy, and monitoring of progress.
- Clinical treatment - includes evaluation of family's therapeutic needs, a treatment plan, therapeutic and behavioral interventions to address adoption-related issues; crisis intervention to address immediate needs when necessary.
- Parenting education - includes in-home parenting education and coaching for families with children under age 13; and educational workshops with specialized topics for adoptive families.
- Educational group series - Charting the Course: 8-week Parallel Series model is provided by adoption professionals to an adoptive parent group operated concurrently with a teen's group and/or a children's group. Child care is provided during the series on an as-needed basis.
- Respite - includes in-home respite care for adoptive children to relieve the stress of parenting (maximum of 12 hours per month).
- Education-related advocacy - Based on the needs of the family, may include: one-on-one mentoring and instruction in the IEP/504 plan for parents of an adopted child with special needs (limit 3 hours); intensive 6 session series of mentoring and instruction for parents of an adopted special needs child; or general advocacy for education-related issues
read on Chosen Families Program

Advocacy and Parent Resources

Whole Child Manatee

Whole Child Manatee

Whole Child Manatee works with families to provide: assessment, connection, education and support through shared community partnerships. Parents can complete a profile or contact a Whole Child Advisor. Whole Child Advisors are also available to assist families at Harllee Middle School, Tillman Full Service Center and Manatee Community Action Agency offices. read on Whole Child Manatee

Parent Education and Support

Healthy Families Manatee Program

Healthy Families Manatee Program

Program provides home visiting parenting and support services to parents and families of children that live in the following zip codes: 34221, 34203, 34205, 34208 and other zip codes as funding is available. To be eligible for the program, families must enroll with Healthy Families Manatee before the child is three month of age. read on Healthy Families Manatee Program

Partners in Education and Support Program

Partners in Education and Support Program

Program provides community-wide parenting education and support to any resident engaged in parenting children birth to 12 years. Parent Educators provide the following education and support services:

Individual weekly parenting instruction and coaching in the home setting using Exchange Club Parent Aid model. Sessions include age-appropriate information, customized to address specific issues to parenting their children.

Group parenting sessions are tailored to targeted audience:
- Musical Motion, a parent/preschool child interactive group, uses creative activities designed to build preschooler's social skills, enhance brain development and early learning skills, teach parents health, safety and child development.
- Single session or series workshops focus on one or more parenting topics, such as positive discipline, bullying, stress management, teens, co-parenting, etc.
- Support and Education, a court-approved, intensive 7-12 week series for parents involved in (or at risk for) Dependency Court using an evidence based curriculum focused on child abuse prevention.
- Parents in Recovery, a weekly group for parents involved in Drug Court, with instruction in effective parenting methods. Parents discuss the results of using skills learned to support each other. read on Partners in Education and Support Program

Parent Mentoring and Support Program

Parent Mentoring and Support Program

Program provides education, information, resources, mentoring, and support services to parents, guardians, or foster parents of children who have an identified disability to navigate the Exceptional Student Education System in Manatee County School District. Program is a twelve week course that includes instruction on the basics of Special Education, problem solving, resources, education on IEP's, planning for the future, communication, and how to build a support network. read on Parent Mentoring and Support Program

Parents as Teachers program

Parents as Teachers program

Certified Parent Educators provide parenting and support services to expectant parents and parents of children birth through age four. Activities build on existing parenting strengths, minimized potentially harmful behavior, and focus on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being. read on Parents as Teachers program

Services for Children with Special Needs

Dream Oaks Camp Program

Dream Oaks Camp Program

Program provides day camps, residential camps, and weekend camps designed to serve children who are chronically ill, terminally, or mentally or physically challenged. read on Dream Oaks Camp Program

Project Rainbow Respite Program

Project Rainbow Respite Program

Program provides respite care, family support services, and case management for chronically ill, medically fragile and developmentally delayed children and their families. Trained respite workers go into the family home or designated area to care for the disabled child so the caregivers have a four hour break to do anything they desire such as shopping, going out to eat, movies, etc. Provides case management or a link between counseling, respite and other Project Rainbow services and the information and referrals to other agencies that provide assistance for financial, medical, legal, educational, crisis management, and recreational needs. read on Project Rainbow Respite Program

Respite Services Program

Respite Services Program

Program provides respite care services, family support and case management for children identified with a disability and their families. Trained respite workers go to the family home or designated area so that families may have a four hour break. read on Respite Services Program

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

Program provides horseback rider training for Manatee County children who are mentally, physically, and/or emotionally challenged. read on Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program