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The Guidance Center/Kids TALK CAC
Prevention Area Served: Wayne (Detroit)
Grant Tier: 3 ($20,000)
Website: The Guidance Center/Kids TALK CAC
13101 Allen Rd.
Southgate, MI 48195-2216
Coordinator: Melanie Richards
Prevention Area Served: Wayne (Out)
Grant Tier: 3 ($43,102)
Website: Child's Hope
Facebook Page: Child's Hope Facebook Page
Twitter Page: @ChildsHope
19000 Hubbard Drive, Ste. 256
Dearborn, MI 48126-2638
Coordinator: Ramana Roberson
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Metropolitan Detroit
Prevention Area Served: Wayne
Grant Number: CTFDS 1782001
Grant Period: FY17-FY20
Website: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Metropolitan Detroit
7700 Second Avenue, Suite 602
Detroit, MI 48202-2411
Coordinator: Beth O'Connor
Project: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD) will provide secondary child abuse and neglect services for families by providing community-based mentors to youth who have a parent that is currently incarcerated. Mentors will meet no less than 4 hours per month with their assigned youth to engage in support and activities designed to positively develop social and emotional competence within the youth. Mentors will also provide brief respite periods for the parent of each youth by involving the youth in activities outside of the home. All 62 unduplicated matches will be made within the initial 2.5 years of the project with the remaining year devoted to sustaining all 62 matches. Additionally, BBBSMD will offer training in the Strengthening Families model to parents and mentors through the local Child Abuse and Neglect Council, at their recommendation to provide this service in the development of this funding request. This training will ensure that both the parent and the mentor are fully informed on the Strenghtening Families framework and able to apply it in their daily interactions with the involved youth. Expected outcomes for this project include: parents will understand how to foster their youth's optimal developmental achievement; youth will use prosocial behaviors to communicate and to get their needs met; and parents and mentors will practice appropriate and effective strategies for mediating youth's challenging behaviors within the context of the Strengthening Families model.
SOS Community Services
Prevention Area Served: Wayne County
Grant Period: FY20-FY23
Website: SOS Community Services
23501 Sumpter Rd.
Belleville, MI 48111
Program Director: Rana Smith
Project: The SOS Parents as Teachers Program Western Wayne promoted strong, nurturing families to prevent child abuse and neglect by building protective factors for families with low-income and other risk factors that can be negatively affect parenting and optimal child development. The goals and objectives for SOS's PAT program are well aligned with the local council plan from Child's Hope to prevent child abuse and neglect in Wayne County. SOS's Parents as Teachers program targets families with risk facrtors for chld abuse as identified by the local council needs assessment from Child's Hope. SOS will serve families referred from partner service providers including St. Joseph Health System. SOS also will reach out to health providers in the community, Department of Health and Human Services, Early Head Start in Belleville, and Women, Infants and Children for referrals. All families will reside in Western Wayne County and will include families from communities such as Belleville, Sumpter Township, Romulus, Van Buren Township, and New Boston. The SOS PAT program will use evidence-based Parent as Teachers model including neglect. Parents as Teachers will build protective factors for families and children including parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children.
Ruth Ellis Center Inc.
Prevention Area Served: Washtenaw County
Grant Period: FY20-FY23
Website: Ruth Ellis Center
77 Victor Street
Highland Park, MI 49203
Contact: Matt Berg
Project: Family is expected to be the primary source of safety and support for children. However, children who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) often feel rejected by their families and feel unsafe in their own home. The purpose of the proposed Family Preservation Program is to increase safety, promote acceptance, foster permanent connections, build protective factors, and prevent child abuse and neglect for families with LGBTQ children. Research published by the Family Acceptance Project (http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/home) has revealed that LGBTQ children and youth experiencing high levels of family rejection are at much higher risk of negative mental health outcomes than LGBTQ peers living in more accepting home environments. LGBTQ youth in highly rejecting families are 8.5 times more likely to have attempted suicide, 6 times more likely to be depressed, 6.5 times more likely to be using illicit substances and 3.5 times more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behaviors. The Ruth Ellis Center mission is "to provide short and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth." The proposed Family Preservation Program addresses the objective of providing support services to at-risk LGBTQ youth through the framework of a secondary prevention program delivered to families residing in Wayne County.