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Parent / Guardian Services

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Parent Education

This non-clinical, educational service is intended to promote healthy relationships and safe environments for children and their families.

 

Support is provided to the parents to empower their parenting abilities with the necessary education and skills to address the specific needs of their children.

 

Topics are differentiated for each family and include but are not limited to, child development and milestones, attachment, co-parenting, trauma-informed parenting, positive parenting, feedback from supervised visitation, structure, limits, and boundaries as well as home stability support.

 

Home stability support includes employment assistance, appropriate housing support, and budgeting education.

Coparenting Education

A non-clinical, educational service that assists separated parents/caregivers with their relationship to assure that their children are parented in a healthy environment.

 

Sessions focus on the emotional effects of separation, emotional, and behavioral reactions to separation by children, and parenting issues related to specific developmental stages.  

 

The service supports parents with conflict management, family stabilization, and the maintenance of financial responsibilities.

Coparenting Support is not couples therapy.

Interactive Parenting Support

Also called Supervised Visitation, Interactive Parenting Support services strive to encourage positive and active interactions between parents and children. 

Visits may take place in the home, RFS office, or community setting. Different levels of supervision may be offered to meet the needs of the family including in-room sight and sound supervision, or out-of-room supervision through a monitoring system.  

Click below for informational graphics on the process of RFS visits: 

Agency Referral Process

Levels of RFS Supervision with IPS services

Parent Education
Group

This weekly group concentrates on empowering parents while enhancing parenting skills. This includes understanding child development, learning age-appropriate child development skills, safe sleep practices, and promoting positive play and interaction between parents and children while developing and practicing positive discipline techniques. The group also focuses on providing a safe environment and the necessary steps toward home stability. Maximum enrollment of 9 parents.

 

Parent education groups will meet weekly for 10 weeks. The cost of the group is $150 that

can be paid weekly, or in one payment at the start of the group.

 

If you are referring a client for the parent education group, please contact admin@riversidefamilysupport.com

Parental Capacity
Evaluation

A parental capacity evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of a parent's ability to provide for the basic needs and safety of their child. During a parental capacity evaluation, the clinician conducts a series of assessments, tests, and observations to evaluate the parent's abilities, attachment, trauma history, understanding of child development, and home environment.

 

The clinician will assess the parent's mental health status and any history of substance use, looking for potential barriers to effective parenting. Based on the results of the assessment, the evaluator will make recommendations regarding the parent's capacity to care for their child, as well as any recommendations for additional services or interventions that may be needed to support the parent in their parenting role.

Therapeutic Parent
Coaching

Therapeutic parent coaching is a service provided by a licensed mental health professional. Therapeutic parent coaching service that is designed to take a clinical approach to support parents.

 

The coach will work closely with the parent to identify their specific needs and concerns, and develop a customized plan to address those needs with awareness of the parent’s own potential trauma history and need for reparenting.

 

The process may involve a variety of techniques and strategies, including education about child development, behavior management strategies, communication skills, stress management techniques, and self-care practices. 

Education.  Stability.  Advocacy.
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