Nurturing Parenting program
Strengthening families through Services, Training, Academic and Recreational Activities.
In October 2012, NTF-Jacksonville built the Neviaser STAR Nurturing Parenting Program. The program is an ongoing family support program that places emphasis on strengthening families through “S”ervices, “T”raining, “A”cademic, and “R”ecreational activities. Since its inception, the NTF - STAR Nurturing Parenting Program has grown at an exponential rate with referrals for parenting clients to receive evidence-based group, in-home, individualized, and one-on-one parenting classes and/or a combination of parenting classes and coached supervised visitation services.
These service provisions are accomplished by Independent Contractor (IC) Nurturing Parenting Facilitators assessing the needs of the client and their families that have been referred by NTF’s case managers and various community agencies; understanding the client’s parenting perspective; assessing the client’s level of risk in five specific parenting and child rearing behaviors; and assessing the client on six protective factors. The IC Nurturing Parenting Facilitators assess, identify, and facilitate evidence-based Nurturing Parenting Program Classes using family-centered initiatives, training techniques, and tools designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and negligent parenting and child-rearing practices using lessons that can be delivered in a group-based setting, individualized or home-based setting, or combination of individualized, home, and/or group settings.
In addition to group, in-home, and individualized parenting services, the IC Nurturing Parenting Facilitators provide Coached Supervised Visitations. This specialized service incorporates the key Nurturing Parenting Program’s core competencies and Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2) Assessments which are constructed to evaluate parental visits. The family receives one-on-one coaching and support to improve the families’ skills before, during, and after a supervised visitation. This service complements ongoing parenting services or can be used to assess and evaluate the need for additional services.
These nurturing parenting classes and services are aimed at meeting the needs of each child and parent, to empower the family to achieve an understanding of the original reasons that resulted in the Department of Children’s involvement and/or caused the children’s removal, and equip them with the tools to become self-sufficient, more informed, and better parents.
The Neviaser STAR Parenting Program has been able to accommodate the great community demand by offering parenting services in Duval, Nassau, Clay, St. Johns, and Baker counties, working with over seven (7) different community case management organizations and also providing individualized parenting services to clients incarcerated within those counties.
Nurturing Parent Programs are offered in Jacksonville and Bartow, Florida