County Spotlight: Shasta County’s Parent Leadership Advisory Group
| April 2018
Shasta County’s Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (SCAPCC) has developed a very unique Parent Leadership Group known as the Parent Leadership Advisory Group (PLAG). Parents interested in getting involved in the community can attend the monthly group meeting or the Annual Parent Café. Through PLAG the Parent Cafes have evolved to be facilitated by Parent Leaders. These Parent Leaders volunteers participate in facilitation trainings so they can host a table at the yearly Parent Café. They also speak at different events to share their story and describe how PLAG has helped them through their journey.
PLAG participants want to help the community in any way they can. They created the PLAG phone line, Parent Reunification Celebration, the PLAG handbook and the Court Orientation for parents who may have or have had their children removed. In addition, the Parent Leaders submitted feedback for the PLAG Logic Model.
The PLAG phone line is for parents to call that may need resources or just want to vent. Court Orientation has one voluntary Parent Leader share their story and explain next steps with parents who may or have had children removed from their care. Participants have shared that it is helpful hearing someone’s story and knowing they got their kids back. It has made them feel more prepared and hopeful that removal of your kids doesn’t have to be forever.
The Parent Leaders involved in PLAG each have a unique story and love their community. Their work and ideas have benefitted the group in so many ways and many parents continue to maintain involvement in the program for years, stating that the support system is a significant factor in their involvement in the program.
For more information about the program contact Crystal Johnson at: email@example.com
Grantee Spotlight: Family Hui’s Bloom this Spring with Aloha | April 2018
Family Hui has created a positive parenting texting campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month 2018. The purpose of the campaign is to provide parents with educational and encouraging messages throughout the month of April. Some messages are simply quotes and others offer quotes with links to such topics as mindfulness, postpartum depression as well as materials and toolkits from First 5 and Yolo County Children’s Alliance. Parents will receive a positive message each day for 29 days and will be asked to evaluate the texting campaign on the 30th day.
The project is in Spanish and English. The sign-up phone number is the same for both (617-826-9932) but the texting word for English speakers is ALOHA and for Spanish speakers the texting word is ALOHA2U.
How does it work? Text either ALOHA (for English) or ALOHA2U (for Spanish) to 617-826-9932. A message will appear letting you know you have been registered. Please note: Regular texting rates and fees apply.
Please contact Family Hui Director, Lucy Roberts, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Spotlight: Santa Clara Four-Path DR Model | January 2018
Santa Clara Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) utilizes a unique four-path model of Different Response to promote and foster family stability in its community. Like the traditional Differential Response model, Santa Clara County offers Path 1 (Prevention Services), Path 2 (Diversion Services), and Path 3 (Court Involvement) services, as well as Path 4 (Aftercare Services). Families can choose to engage in Path 4 Aftercare Services after successful plan completion and reunification.
Much like families receiving Path 1 Prevention Services, families receive Path 4 Aftercare Services from one of three Differential Response providers. These providers are community-based organizations which specialize in serving a particular geographic region or ethnic group, and demonstrate knowledge of their community’s needs and available resources. In providing Aftercare Services, Santa Clara DCFS, in conjunction with First 5, hopes to prevent re-entry into foster care while also increasing family stability and utilization of community support systems.
Path 1 and Path 2 service provision in Santa Clara County also demonstrate the positive impact that strong agency collaboration can play in engaging at-risk families and preventing abuse. Consistent cross training and communication between DCFS and Differential Response providers means that at-risk families receive services before safety issues escalate to the level of an open child welfare case or removal of the child(ren). Once an at-risk family is assessed and referred to their local provider, DCFS does not stay involved, allowing the family to work solely with the community-based organization. This process is designed to reduce trauma and stigmatization associated with involvement in the child welfare system while still ensuring that the family is connected with appropriate resources.
Santa Clara County continues to seek ways to create organizational change which will better engage families, increase aftercare services, and ensure that families receive supportive services as soon as needs arise.