From the moment of birth, when a baby struggles to find the first breaths of life, the people and the environment surrounding the child are important to his or her survival. When a child’s birth or early developmental experiences are filled with problems, behavioral issues can arise and begin to magnify as the child grows. A child who has endured trauma may develop an attachment disorder. Children who have been abused or neglected and/or had multiple foster care placements prior to adoption are particularly “at risk” of developing attachment and bonding difficulties.
Conventional parenting, standard school discipline or traditional outpatient therapy are often less than effective for “hard-to-reach” children with an attachment disorder. These children and their families need help, and it is available through Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s SAFE Counseling program.
SAFE Counseling is designed to treat children and to educate parents of children who exhibit signs of an attachment disorder. SAFE Counseling offers help to parents of children who have serious issues that seem unsolvable.
Attachment therapy is an integrated treatment approach that uses elements of cognitive-behavioral, object relations, family and psychodynamic therapies to facilitate child-parent bonding and to measure feedback. In conjunction with these therapies, holding therapy is used to establish a safe place with safe people in which the child can safely talk about and experience the painful issues of the past.
The program seeks to jump start the attachment cycle aborted as the result of the child’s earlier trauma. SAFE believes it is essential to break through barriers of trauma before a child can develop healthy interpersonal relations built on trust. SAFE counseling aims to begin the attachment and healing process for the child and the adoptive or current family.
Teen Parents Learn can help you stay in school while you’re pregnant. find services & resources for a healthy pregnancy. return to school after your baby is born. balance the demands of going to school and being a parent. graduate from high school and get your diploma. learn to take care of your child...and yourself. become a terrific parent.
Teen Parents Learn is designed to help young parents complete high school and graduate with their diplomas. We work with pregnant and parenting teens who are still in school, as well as with those who left school as teen parents and are now ready to work toward high school graduation.
Our Family Life Coaches provide these young moms and dads with parenting education as well as the skills and support they need to stay in school and/or complete their high school education. We provide support as they overcome obstacles and become successful parents, while encouraging them to graduate.
The Teen Parents Learn program launched in the summer of 2017 through a collaboration among Catholic Social Services, Lifestages Centers for Women, the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, LifeSkills High School, and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center. As part of Montgomery County’s priority for improving graduation rates for teen parents, our program goals include increasing student attendance rates in school, decreasing school dropout rates, and reclaiming youth who drop out of school because of challenges related to pregnancy or parenting.
Taking care of a child can be confusing and difficult. If you’re struggling to manage your new life as a parent or parent-to-be, you might benefit from working with a professional family life coach from Catholic Social Services.
Our home visiting services are free and available to young moms and dads. If you’re expecting a child or you’re the parent of a child who has not yet started kindergarten, you’re eligible to participate.
Our goal is to provide education and support to help pregnant and parenting young people gain confidence as you work to raise a healthy, happy child and take care of your own well-being at the same time.
Catholic Social Services’ home visiting services include:
- Assessment of your individual needs
- Home-based parenting preparation and education incorporating the Nurturing Parenting curriculum
- One-on-one support as you gain the skills and knowledge to become a nurturing parent
- Help with setting and prioritizing parenting and personal goals
- Support and advocacy to help you meet your goals
- Career development support
- Referrals to the local network of helping services
Services are available to mothers and fathers, regardless of whether you’re living together as a couple or co-parenting from separate households.
After going through the Council on Accreditation (COA) review process for the first time in 2017, Erma’s House was held up as “a model for other organizations.”
In a perfect world, parents would never need to have supervised visitation with their children. But sometimes, in addition to losing custody, parents are deemed — by the courts, safety net professionals, children’s services, and sometimes even by themselves — as not being in a good place to spend unsupervised time with their own children.
As these parents work to remediate their personal issues, it remains important for them to retain, and perhaps repair, their relationship with their children in a safe, monitored and judgement-free environment. In Montgomery County, Catholic Social Services’ supervised visitation program has been meeting that need since 1997 at Erma’s House Family Visitation Center.