Crisis Nursery’s Strong Families program serves those who have used the Nursery’s Safe Children program and is also open to the community. Support, resources, and services are available for families dealing with challenges such as parental stress, perinatal depression, homelessness, and teen parenting, to name a few. Services include:
- Crisis Counseling
- Home Visits
- Parent Child Interaction Groups
- Support Groups
- Parent Education Classes
- Referrals for Resources and Follow-ups
Under the direction and supervision of our Strong Families Program Director, Katie Adams, the Strong Families program is led by Family Specialists Ann Ambrose, Jessica McCann, and Alinka Del Castillo. Their contact information can be found on our online staff list.
The Strong Families program offers individual and group services and is available to families who have used the Safe Children’s program, as well as the community. Through various means, the Strong Families program seeks to enhance parenting skills and encourage families to take charge of their lives:
- Home Visits – support and educational services provided for families in the comfort of their own home.
- Assessments – we use a parent-friendly tool called Ages & Stages which looks at both the development and the social-emotional growth of children from 2 months of age to 5 years of age.
- Support Groups – designed to bring parents together in a safe environment where issues can be shared confidentially and without judgment.
- Parent-Child Interaction Groups – groups designed to help strengthen the bond between parents and their children through interactions designed to focus on their child’s development, including crafts, music, and developmentally appropriate play. Planned Groups will be age and developmental stage specific. For groups attended, parents can earn respite hours (prescheduled care at the Nursery) as a result of participation.
- Parenting Education Classes - an informative class using the "Nurturing Parent" curriculum. Topics covered include nutrition, discipline, child development and others as needed.
- Crisis Counseling – short counseling sessions to help parents prioritize, problem-solve and design a plan of action.
- Follow-ups and Referrals – continued support and help identifying and accessing other needed services in the community.
- Basic Need Items – diapers, wipes, baby food, formula and clothing may be available if needed.
- Special Seasonal Events – family-friendly gatherings at Crisis Nursery designed to celebrate a variety of occasions. These events are open to the community with the intention of raising awareness about our programs and services.
- Beyond Blue – a unique mixture of the above services designed to reach mothers who are at risk for perinatal depression living in Champaign, Urbana, and the outlying communities.