LUCAS COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES OFFERS PARENT/KIN EMPOWERMENT INSTITUTE
Kick off 2021 with a fresh outlook on parenting.
(TOLEDO) — December 18, 2020 — Lucas County Children Services, the county agency responsible for leading the community in the protection of children, is bringing back and expanding its highly successful Parent Empowerment Institute (PEI).
The Winter 2021 series of free online programs focuses on three topic areas: advocacy, legal rights, and community resources and support. The programs begin January 9, and run through March 20 on Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. All programs are free and include a guided caregiver/child activity. The programs are easily accessible by computer, tablet or phone. Registration is required.
LCCS first launched virtual workshops during the third quarter of 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to address the needs of caregivers coping with the challenges of parenting children with few community programs or resources available. LCCS’ goal then, and now, is to empower parents with skills that can prevent child maltreatment, and, in turn, reduce the number of children coming into care. LCCS has established a goal of safely reducing the number of children needing foster care by 75 percent in the next few years.
“Based on the response to our Fall 2020 programs, we are confident that virtual learning can make a difference for caregivers. The participants appreciated the informal presentations, and seemed to especially enjoy the chance to do a project with their children,” said Melonny King, manager of training and development at LCCS.