Columbia County Family Centers
Main Street County Annex
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Berwick United Way's Week of Caring
From top to bottom: Carrie Romig, Ashley Mensch, Michelle Welsh and Jenn Banks.
(click above for more info and photograph)
Parents As Teachers
Columbia County Family Centers uses the Parents as Teachers model, which has been highlighted on national television. Services offered to parents that utilize the Parents as Teachers model include regularly scheduled home visits with trained family development specialists, monthly parent meetings, playgroups, lending libraries for families with children ages 0-5, routine screenings to detect early problems with vision, hearing, growth and learning, etc. Children who are part of the Parents as Teachers model are found to score above national averages in thinking and speaking skills, have more refined social skills, have a better attitude about themselves and others, have better problem-solving and reasoning skills, etc.
Every quarter, an event is held that focuses on fathers and their children. Some activities in the past have included Dinosaurs and Dads, Tool Time with Dad, Ranger Judy at Ricketts Glenn, and Stepping Stones.
Time Limited Family Reunification
Time Limited Family Reunification (TLFR) is a voluntary out-of-home placement service that addresses the concerns of families whose children are in out-of-home placement. Families will work side-by-side with TLFR staff to make necessary changes. You can expect speedier return of children, weekly home visits/phone calls from staff, TLFR staff member to attend visits with you and your family, a referral network to help you find appropriate programs/services to meet your needs, a positive support system for you and your family, and weekly updates to your caseworker on your progress.
Children’s Trust Fund
Services given to family day care providers that include up to 6 hours of PQA training, home visits, lending libraries, and opportunities for family day care providers to meet and discuss difficulties as well as strengths.
Child Focused Parenting
CFP is a three hour interactive class focused on how effective parenting during this time of transition can lessen the negative impact of divorce and parental separation on children. Whatever stage of divorce you may be in, this class will offer you tools and information to help you move your family through this period of significant change. The course is taught once a month at both the Columbia County 911 Center in Bloomsburg and the Berwick Family Center. Cost is $45 cash or money order in advance.
Juvenile Probation Workshops
The Strengthening Families Program is a parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum designed to prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems. It is delivered in 7 sessions using realistic videos, role-playing, discussions, learning games and family projects. The Strengthening Families Program shows parents how to set appropriate limits while showing affection and support to their children. Each session is 2 hours long.
Each month the Family Centers offer three general classes within the county. These classes are appropriate for parents with children of all ages. Classes range from Helping your children Develop Values, Harmony at Home, Managing your child for Good Behavior, Communicating with your Youth, How to Help your Child Deal with Peer Pressure, etc. Classes are offered free of charge to individuals referred by their caseworker or the courts. No prior registration is required.
Periodically budgeting sessions are offered during the general class sessions. Participants are given skills such as how to manage a checkbook, appropriate use of credit, create a budget, etc. Budgeting workshops are offered twice a year in the community.
Family Group Decision Making
Family group decision making is a voluntary process that brings friends and family together to create a plan to insure the safety of children. It is a conference held on one day with caring members of the family. It brings all of the strengths of the family and friends to the table to create their own plan to insure safety and provide permanency.
Fatherhood Baby Basics
Baby Basics is a four session course designed to provide new and expecting fathers with the basic skills necessary to raise a baby through the first year of life. The course will provide Fathers with demonstrations and hands on activities to increase their confidence in performing daily tasks such as bathing, feeding, and diapering.