In Feb. 17 IssueBy John ThompsonTimes Journal Reporter
The functioning of a well adjusted community depends on a lot of services, whether through private efforts or with the help of government sponsored agencies.
One such agency that serves our community is the nonprofit Lake Cumberland Children's Advocacy Center (LCCAC).
Like many organizations that serve a community they are dependent on both private contributions of money and volunteerism, and government grants.
LCCAC offers many services vital to insuring a healthy community; and one of those is to offer parenting classes twice a year. The Spring 2011 Parenting Classes, called "Caring For Families," will begin Tuesday, March 1, and will continue every Tuesday, meeting between 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. (central time). The meetings will conclude with the May 17th session.
The purpose of the effort is to encourage growth as parents and caregivers, and prevent abuse. The sessions are informative and supportive, offered free of charge, and focus on building healthy families. They meet at the LCCAC building just past the Russell County Board of Education at 472 S. Main St., Jamestown.
The project is funded, in part, under a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services through Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky using state funds allocated by the General Assembly and LCCAC, a state appointed nonprofit 501©3 child advocacy center.
The classes are free to the public and open to everyone. Parents, guardians, and those working with children are welcomed and encouraged to reserve a spot for this spring's session as registration is required. Anyone registering is not required to attend all sessions, but may attend one or more classes as fits your needs. Registration is important to plan for current and future parenting class development and all confidentiality laws are strictly adhered to.
Loretta Coppage, assistant director and forensic interviewer at LCCAC is excited about the Active Parenting Program they've begun using. "Active parenting does a really good job on teaching us how to raise children in a democratic society," Coppage said, "helping us to be able to teach our children how to make responsible decisions, earning their respect and their cooperation to help them be healthy adults."
"I have two children and I have benefited from being part of the Active Parenting program," Coppage said. "The families presented throughout the parenting class are just normal everyday families that face struggles we all face; from getting their kids up and getting them to school, to curfews, to struggles they have at school; just everyday things that kids face today."
During the 12 week program parents and caregivers will be introduced to many aspects of healthy parenting; including classes, such as:
Session 1) Darkness to Light/Intro to Active parenting,
Session 2) Darkness to Light/Victim Advocacy,
Session 3) The Active Parent,
Session 4) Parent/Child Cooperation,
Session 5) Responsibility & Discipline of Children,
Session 6) Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior,
Session 7) How to Raise a Positive Child,
Session 8) The Active Family Now,
Session 9) Helping Parents/Children Cope with Trauma and Separation - Creating a Family Budget,
Session 10) Understanding the Process of Child Protection, Law Enforcement, and Court Proceedings,
Session 11) Learning to Play & Interact with your Child - Stress Reduction,
Session 12) Community Resource Overview/Review - Celebration.
"I would like to stress that anyone in the community that is just interested in prevention of abuse, the first two sessions really are geared toward that. I think it's important for us as a community to know how to protect children within the community from sexual abuse. It's also beneficial for those in charge of children," Coppage said.
If you are interested in learning to be the best parent you can be, or learning more of recognizing signs of and prevention of child abuse, please consider going to one or more of these parenting classes.
You can pre-register by calling LCCAC at 270-343-6922, toll free at 1-877-588-4644, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.