Without intervention and treatment, the scars of child abuse and neglect last a lifetime and become a cycle passed on to the next generation. Our target population is any child at risk from in utero to 18 years of age. To combat child abuse in our seven-town region, The Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center provides a wide variety of comprehensive services in English, Spanish and Creole including:

  • Hope Educate Love Protect (HELP) for Kids Program
    A home based program using the evidenced-based National Exchange Club home visitation model that is family centered. Parent Educators conduct an assessment that captures the basic needs of the family such as: child safety, medical, dental, mental health, education and safe housing. HELP for Kids teaches positive parenting skills that ensure the safety and well-being of children and their families and reduce the need for out-of-home placements due to neglect, abuse, and domestic depute. It also teaches family to navigate into their community to access resources that will ensure continuum support when they complete the program.
  • HELP 24/7Dads® program focuses on the fatherhood initiative
    24/7 Dad® is an evidence-based fatherhood program used by thousands of organizations across the nation to develop pro-fathering knowledge, attitudes, and skills of dads of all races, religions, and demographics. The program is built on the basis that fathers can be nurturers, and for men, nurturing is a learned skill. Throughout the program, men examine their developmental history, learn the 5 characteristics of a 24/7 Dad®, and other important skills such as working with mom and proper child discipline to help them be the best dads they can be.

    When a father completes either version, he becomes a 24/7 Dad who:
    • Is aware of himself as a man and aware of the significant impact he has in his family.
    • Is a man who takes care of himself, and has a strong spiritual connection with his community, and chooses friends who reinforce his healthy choices.
    • Is very aware of the significant role he has in the family, and capitalizes on his knowledge of the unique contributions he and his wife (or mother of his children) brings to raising their children.
    • Is a nurturing parent who understands and accepts the importance his parenting skills have in developing the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and creative needs of his children.>/li>
    • Works to build and maintain healthy and supportive relationships with his children, wife, family, friends, and community.
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  • Differential Response System- Community Support Services
    A DCF program in collaboration with The Bridgeport Child and Family Guidance Center. The program focuses on wraparound services that connect families to an array of community support and resources to promote the safety and well-being of children and their families and reduce the need for out-of-home placements of children and youth.
  • The School Based Parent Leadership Training
    A group based program provided in local schools to help with academic success. Parents learn to provide a supportive home/school environment and making sure their children are up to date educationally. Workshops improve attendance, academic success towards learning and parent involvement in school.
  • Supervised Visitation Program
    This is a fee for service program that provides supervised visitation and parenting coaching for families where a child has been removed due to abuse and/or neglect. These families are undergoing treatment as part of the reunification process.
  • Parent Support Groups
    These groups provide a variety of tools to help parents and children increase empathy for each other, build family morals and values, and praise desirable behavior. Parents learn alternative methods of discipline without violence. They learn the relationship between choices and consequences, and how to encourage positive family learning experiences.
  • The Parent Project
    A curriculum based parent training program designed specifically for parents of strong-willed or out-of-control adolescent children. It teaches concrete identification, prevention, and intervention strategies for the most destructive of adolescent behaviors (e.g. poor school attendance and performance, alcohol and drug use, gangs and violence).