Responsible Parenting

Our Fatherhood grant from Children’s Trust Fund and the Alabama State Department of Human Resources provides multiple free classes weekly in our offices and work release sites. We also provide free supervised visitations, ordered by the courts, to class participants for three months. After completing the Responsible Parenting program, parents are eligible for our sliding fee scale if visitation continues.

The purpose of this program offered in Mobile and Baldwin Counties is to strengthen relationships between children and non-custodial parents, to enhance parenting skills and child development knowledge, to help those who are unemployed or under employed to secure employment, and to teach the benefits of healthy co-parenting relationships for children and the characteristics of healthy relationships.  

34,321 adults in Alabama received services from ADCANP/CTF-funded programs: Parent Education, Home Visiting, Respite Care, and Fatherhood. The population served was primarily low-resource parents. ADCANP/CTF-funded programs reduced the likelihood of adults in Alabama engaging in child abuse/neglect and enhanced the likelihood of current and future strong and stable families.

Four funding sources provide support: The Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Program (CBCAP), The Children First Trust Fund (CFTF), The Education Trust Fund (ETF) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

An outside Evaluation Team from Auburn University’s Human Development and family Studies Department documented the effort and effectiveness of these programs.

Analyses of data revealed statistically significant improvements (p< .05) on many relevant measures of commitment, skill, and knowledge. The outcomes are indicators of protective factors that reduce the risk of child maltreatment and promote individual and family strengths.

The assessment showed statistically significant improvements in:

Parent Education

  • Stress Management Skills
  • Skills to Manage Maltreatment Risk
  • Understanding of Various Forms of Maltreatment
  • Medical care Commitment
  • Parenting Skills & Child Development Knowledge
  • Knowledge & use of Support Services
  • Use of Informal Supportive Networks

Respite Care

  • Stress Level
  • Positive View of Child
  • Knowledge & Use of Support Services
  • Use of Informal Supportive Networks

Fatherhood

  • Commitment to Couple Relationship Stability
  • Conflict Management Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Co-Parenting Conflict
  • Dating Abuse Prevention Skills
  • Hopeful About Future
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Perception of Economic Stability
  • Cooperation with Child Support Personnel
  • Commitment to Pay Full Child Support
  • Positive Parenting Behavior
  • Parent Involvement
  • Parent Child Relationship Quality
  • Child Academic Adjustment

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Funding prevention work has the potential to reduce not only the social, emotional, and achievement costs to our youth and families, but also to reduce the real financial costs associated with intervention.

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Positive Parenting Classes

Funded by Alabama Children's Trust Fund

FREE Positive Parenting Classes! Completion certificates provided after 8 classes attended.

E-mail [email protected] to register for classes. 

Funded by Alabama Children’s Trust Fund

Supervised Visitation

Many parents are court ordered to have supervised visitation with their children. Our centers provide welcoming and home-like atmospheres where parents and children can visit each other.

Funded by Alabama Children’s Trust Fund

Monitored Exchanges

Monitored Exchanges are funded by the Children’s Trust Fund. In 2006 we began offering a service formerly performed by the Mobile Police Department. When exchanging children for weekend or holiday visitations, parents can now come to the Family Center and avoid contact per restraining orders.

Healthy Start – Never Shake a Baby

All mothers delivering at USA Women’s & Children’s Hospital are visited by a HealthyStart instructor.

This prevention program deals directly with one of the most serious forms of child abuse in children: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). The Family Center was asked by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Child Death Review Team to develop a hospital-based prevention program in 2002.