The Safe Families Program was the pilot program for CASTLE and continues to be greatly sought after by families seeking assistance with parenting strategies. The Safe Families Program employs trained professionals to provide free in-home services, aiding parents in developing child-rearing skills and building positive relationships with their children. The goal of the program is to help parents obtain the skills necessary to raise their children in a positive way, free from any type of abuse or neglect.
Motivated by the success of the Safe Families Program, CASTLE recently created a new program in its likeness, incorporating trained and supervised volunteers from the community. Volunteers mentor low-risk families in their homes and implement a similar curriculum to that of the Safe Families Program. Harnessing the efforts of volunteers, the Safe Families Volunteer Program is able to provide a larger number of families with more appropriate levels of service thereby preventing increasing incidences of abuse or neglect.
The Safe Families Volunteer Program appears to be following suit of its predecessor. Since the not so distant start in the summer of 2012, the volunteer program has already been able to provide positive parenting skills to over 30 families in an in-home setting. The program has extended its reach beyond the home and is now providing parenting assistance via a classroom setting throughout various locations made possible by a partnership with the local school board and Harvest Foods. Taking steps such as this, the volunteer program has allowed CASTLE to make an even greater impact in the community and has allowed volunteers to provide services to over 50 families.
Three families have already completed the in-home program successfully and several more are making great progress, nearing this achievement.
The Safe Families Volunteer Program is available for any parent seeking additional parenting techniques or hoping to improve their communication and overall relationship with their children. The program is also looking for volunteers who are interested in being trained to work with families. Volunteers will learn how to assist families in implementing new parenting techniques and provide them with necessary information and resources specific to their needs.
Those interested can contact Jessica Brinkerhoff, Parent Educator Volunteer Supervisor at 772-567-5700.
Philanthropy is a life style for many because giving to others is often times taught at home. We teach our children to support programs in school, collect pennies for patients, and buy Girl Scout cookies for a good cause. Children collect clothing for those who need jackets, and donate back packs for classmates in school who are in need.
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Need immediate assistance or have you witnessed child abuse? (800) 96 - ABUSE(800) 962-2873
St. Lucie County (Main Office)
3525 W. Midway Road,
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Tel: (772) 465-6011
CASTLE is much more than an awareness program...Our mission is to STOP child abuse before it even happens! We accomplish this by empowering Parents with the proper tools and education necessary to be successful, loving and nurturing Parents. We're making a difference one family at a time.