Family Support Services
Welcome! The Family Support Services Department at Family Central, Inc. is proud to provide the Broward County community with a variety of programs that encourage parents and young children and strengthen families. Each program has a unique set of criteria for participation and more information is listed below. All general questions regarding the Family Support Services Department can be directed to (954) 724-3828.
Focus On Solutions
A short term solution focused counseling program for children ages 2-10 with behavioral challenges and mental health concerns. Children served may not have Medicaid or other private insurance. Please click here for additional information. Questions? Contact Michelle Rogers at (954) 724-3907.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
HIPPY is a structured, home-based model focused on parent-child centered learning designed to remove barriers and to reach low income families with limited education to become their child’s first teacher. The family is provided with a set of developmentally appropriate materials, curriculum, and books designed to strengthen their children’s cognitive skills, early literacy skills, social/emotional and physical development. Through HIPPY, parents not only become actively involved in the lives of their children, but assist their children to reach their full potential as prepare to enter school. HIPPY conducts client-centered workshops and interactive family events and activities, such as monthly group meetings to encourage parents to develop social/community relationships. HIPPY is funded by the University of South Florida.
Nurturing Parenting Program
The Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) is a short term intensive in-home visitation parent education program using the Nurturing Parenting Skills for Families (NSF) framework. Bachelor level staff is highly trained and supervised by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Families and their children, birth – 11 years old, are eligible for services. NSF utilizes competency-based instruction to strengthen the parent-child bond. The Family Nurturing plan promotes a partnership between parents and professionals in creating a parenting program specifically designed for the unique needs of the individual family. All sessions are designed to promote the 5 Nurturing Constructs and 5 Protective factors that form the core service delivery and provide an opportunity for strength based wraparound case management services. Total service time approx 18-20 weeks. NPP is funded by Children’s Services Council and ChildNet.
For more information, contact Michelle Rogers at (954) 724-3907.
Parents As Teachers (PAT)
The Parents As Teachers program focuses on families, impacted by substance abuse, with children ages birth to five (5) years old. Services include experiential, interactive, and comprehensive parent education, health education and family support. Services help parents build healthy, nurturing, trusting, secure and responsive relationships that foster bonding and attachment as well as understanding and intervening with children's challenging behaviors. PAT sessions are delivered by a bachelor level staff certified PAT Educator in the family’s home for approximately one to two hours on a bi-weekly basis for up to two years. If a family is identified as needing more intense services, PAT provides weekly sessions to the family. PAT is funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County.
Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
The Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program coaches and supports directors, teachers, parents and children in the acquisition of the skills needed for successful social/emotional development. The PBS model promotes three levels of interventions: (1) building nurturing relationships and creating safe environment for the children; (2) providing social emotional support to targeted students, and (3) providing intensive individual intervention including home visiting. The PBS program of FCI reflects a very strong foundation of evidence-based knowledge at the early childhood stafffing level.
Additionally, PBS introduces books that support the social emotional development of the child; visuals aids with different facial expressions to instill self awareness of feelings and the language to identify them; Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline relaxation techniques which help children find their self-regulation center preventing explosive outbursts; and Myrna Shure’s I Can Problem Solve program language, to provide a consistent framework in which children and adults communicate effectively. PBS is funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and United Way.