Consortium for Resilient Young Children
For information contact the project manager, Carolyn Brinkman at 4C for Children at 513-758-1314. You can visit the Strengthening Families website at connectcommunitysupport.org
4C for Children is the fiscal agent for Strengthening Families.
Carolyn Brinkmann, Program Manager
The Hamilton County Family and Children First Council (FCFC) is charged by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fun with developing and funding a county plan for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. After considerable research, FCFC determined that Strengthening Families is a prevention strategy that shows great promise and as a result made a decision to bring the Strengthening Families framework to Hamilton County. In 2009, The Consortium for Resilient Young Children (CRYC) was awarded a grant from FCFC to bring the Strengthening Families Initiative (SFI) to Cincinnati’s western neighborhoods.
Strengthening Families Approach
Across the country, early care and education programs, child welfare departments, and others are using the Strengthening Families approach to ensure the wellness of children. This approach, as developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is built upon Five Protective Factors for families. These protective factors are:
Research shows that these factors reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect by providing parents with what they need to parent effectively, even under stress. Program strategies that support these protective factors have been developed for early child care and education settings. In addition, outreach and educational activities have been implemented in many communities as a means to support parents through the development of social networks and resources.
Project Goal and Plan
The Strengthening Families Initiative (SFI) is being brought to the Cincinnati’s western neighborhoods in order to ensure the wellness and resiliency of parents and children. The SF protective factors are being supported within the targeted neighborhoods through the creation and delivery of a community outreach plan and the implementation of the Strengthening Families approach in early childhood settings. Strategies for this project are to:
How to Get Involved
4C for Children is the Strengthening Families project fiscal agent and will provide administrative oversight. 4C is the region’s early childhood education resource and referral service. Other CRYC partners in Strengthening Families include the Children’s Home and Centerpoint Health. Santa Maria Community Services is a 111-year old, private, not-for-profit human services organization that is dedicated to empowering members of the communities they serve.
For information contact the project manager, Carolyn Brinkman at 4C for Children at 513-758-1314. You can visit the Strengthening Families website at www.connectcommunitysupport.org.
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