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June 22, 2018

Career Opportunity- Full Time Waldo County CPPC Parent Partner

Filed under: Career Openings,Prevention Services — Tags: , , , , — Vicky @ 9:01 am

Broadreach has an immediate opening for a full time Parent Partner position in Waldo County, that will be based in Belfast. You will use a Peer Support model in working with families to increase child safety and decrease family stressors, while utilizing your own personal experiences. Personal experience navigating through the child welfare system is a requirement for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Parent Partners will provide 1:1 coaching and emotional support to parents on their caseload by sharing their story.
  • Meet with parents in their homes 7-10 hours per month.
  • Facilitate group workshops for parents currently working on reunification.
  • Facilitate Preventative Family Team Meetings in the community.
  • Attend various community groups to represent “Parent Voice.”
  • Provide prevention referrals to families in need of assistance.
  • Accompany parents to court for support.

Requirements:

  • Experience having been a parent in, and basic knowledge of, the Department’s Child Welfare System.
  • Experience working in a Human Services setting with families in a supportive role is preferred.
  • Experience working with people of diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds is helpful.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including parents, children, regulatory agencies, and the community at large.
  • Effective communication, writing and presentation skills.
  • Good judgment, decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable (per Broadreach criteria) driving record to transport clients.
  • Ability to participate in various training requirements.

Education Requirements:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is mandatory.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services

ATTN: Janna Swift

5 Stephenson Lane

Belfast, ME 04915

(207) 338-2200 EXT. 109

FAX: 338-1652

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

May 21, 2018

Career Opportunity- Regional CPPC Project Coordinator

Broadreach Family & Community Services has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Regional Project Coordinator to support the expansion of “Community Partnerships for Protecting Children” (CPPC) in Waldo, Knox,  Lincoln, and Sagadahoc Counties.

This position is a community leadership role, responsible for:  promoting the CPPC goals and objectives of the State, region, and target communities in the four County area, and organizing and promoting various initiatives in order to develop, enhance, and/or improve collaboration and services for children and families.  This position is involved with a large number of community planning groups, new and existing collaboratives and organizations, as well as service providers, families, and individuals.  Travel within the four County area is required.

Candidates for this rewarding position must have a Bachelor’s Degree in human services, child welfare, psychology or related field, or the equivalent in education and related work experience; a Master’s Degree is preferred.  Knowledge of the Department of Health and Human Services and Child Welfare System desired.  In addition, candidates should have a minimum of 3 years of related work experience, including at least one year of proven community outreach and coordination experience.   Necessary skills include: strong facilitation and presentation skills before multiple types of audiences; complex project management skills; excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral); and fundraising and/or grant writing ability.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983.

Interested applicants should apply with a letter of interest and resume to:

Jennifer Tracey, LMFT
Director of Prevention Services
5 Stephenson Lane Belfast, Maine 04915
Email: jtracey@brmaine.org
Fax: 338-1652
Phone: 322-6633

 

An offer of employment is contingent on the continuation of anticipated grant funds. Applications will close upon selection of a qualified candidate.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

April 10, 2017

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

edited pinwheels 

The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.  It is a reflection of hope, health and safety – what we desire for children throughout Waldo County and Maine.

January 18, 2017

Broadreach to offer free Active Parenting Education Program

Most parents would like their children to learn to be respectful; to follow family rules; to help out at home; and to succeed in school. Active Parenting, 4th Edition, offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services supports parents of children ages 5 – 12, to help their children meet those goals.  Active Parenting 4th Edition, classes will be held in Belfast on Wednesday, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, March 1st, & 8th at the Belfast YMCA. Classes will be held from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm. This FREE program offers 6 two-hour sessions, childcare and food will be provided at no cost to the participants.

Active Parenting 4th Edition is a video-based education program targeted to parents and caregivers of children ages 5 – 12, who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise responsible children, who are able to resist negative peer pressure.  Over the course of the six session, parents/caregivers will learn non-violent discipline techniques, plus effective communication and encouragement skills, to build a solid foundation for the upcoming teen years.

This parent class will be open to all parents and caregivers of children ages 5 to 12 and child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983.  Each year over 2,000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs.  Broadreach has over a quarter of a century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First Program, Active Parenting First Five Years, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting 4th Edition, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Janna Swift at 207-338-6675 or e-mail jswift@brmaine.org.

October 19, 2016

Please join us for a community conversation about Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis

Heroin/Opiate Community Discussion

Tuesday October 25th from 5:30 to 7 pm at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast

Please join us for a community conversation about Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis and the roadmap for action on prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement that has been developed by the Maine Opiate Collaborative Task Forces.

Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis is taking a toll on the people and families of Waldo County and the number of overdose deaths across Maine is likely to be higher than ever this year.

Last February Belfast/Waldo County came together to discuss this growing crisis and make recommendations to the Task Forces that had been convened by the U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Maine Attorney General, and the Maine Commissioner of Public Safety.  In May of this year, the Task Forces released their roadmap for federal, state, and local actions that should be taken in the areas of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement.

All members of the community, including our young people, are invited to attend and participate in this facilitated discussion.  We will start by hearing from a few Task Force members about their proposals for reducing the devastation of opiate misuse and addiction in Maine.  Then we will open up the conversation to hear your reactions, suggestions, and observations about the opportunities and challenges to being successful.  We will talk about what’s going to be needed in Washington D.C. and in Augusta, and we will identify the action steps we can take here in Waldo County.

Please join us for this important discussion about what’s happening and what we can all do about heroin/opiate use and the impacts it’s having in our communities.

Please join us on Tuesday October 25th from 5:30 to 7 pm at Troy Howard Middle School, Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast for a:

Heroin/Opiate Community Discussion sponsored by the Maine Medical Association,  Broadreach Family & Community Services, and Waldo County Building Communities for Children coalition

 

Light refreshments will be available

 

Please RSVP by contacting Patrick Walsh at 338-6679 or pwalsh@brmaine.org

heroin conversation poster

 

November 17, 2015

Two generous and talented donors give hand-knit hats and mittens

Two very talented and generous anonymous donors have hand-knit 32 hats and 31 pairs of mittens for young children.  Some of the hats will be used by Broadreach’s Family Strengthening Services.  Each year we collaborate with Waldo County General Hospital and Pen-Bay Medical Center in the Click for Babies Campaign.  This winter campaign sends babies home with little purple hats and education for parents about a period of time in the baby’s development when they can seem to cry inconsolably despite seemingly having all of their needs met.  Babies grow out of this phase in their development and the hats and education are a way to teach parents so they can be prepared and become less frustrated at the inability to sometimes soothe a crying child.  The title “Click for Babies” is named after the sound that knitting needles make when crafting the little hats.  Thanks to our own Patrick Walsh for coordinating Broadreach’s donation of hats for this campaign each year.

The other hats and mittens have headed to Broadreach Case Management so that they are available to families in need of warm outerwear for their small children.  These cozy hats and mittens will keep those little heads and hands toasty warm during our long Maine winter.  A special thank you goes out to all the Broadreach Case Managers and Linda Baker who make sure these items are delivered to the families and children who can use them.

We so appreciate the kindness and generosity of people who take the time and donate their resources to make the lives of those we serve a bit better, and in this case, a lot warmer.

June 4, 2015

Healthy Waldo County seeks Waldo County residents’ input on substance use and abuse prevention activities

Healthy Waldo County* is looking for input from Waldo County residents so that we can refine our 5 Year Plan to reduce substance use / abuse in the youth (12 to 25) population. The survey at this link provides an opportunity for respondents to identify activities that you think might be effective in reducing substance use / abuse by 15% over the next 5 years. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFNHB9N

 

*Our local Healthy Maine Partnership; a collaboration with the Hospital,

that includes Broadreach and numerous other providers and community

partners.

 

May 11, 2015

Broadreach Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

5. Fri- May 8th

March 31, 2015

Thanking DHHS-Rockland Child Protective Workers

Basket

“Today, we delivered a gift basket of mini-whoopie
pies from Wicked Whoopies to the Child Protective
unit at Maine DHHS in Rockland. We expressed our
thanks for the important and difficult work that
they do. This recognition is part of our observance
of Child Abuse Prevention Month (April)”.

– Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services,

Broadreach Family & Community Services

March 12, 2015

Broadreach to Help Bangor Savings Bank Collect Peanut Butter & Jelly for Local Food Pantries

PBJ

Broadreach Family & Community Services is joining in the project to collect jars of peanut butter, jelly, and jam for the Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive.  The jars can be dropped off at Broadreach and we will deliver them to Bangor Savings Bank.  Please see information from the Bangor Savings Bank’s website below about this drive:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

Helping to feed Maine families.

More Maine families are facing hunger than ever before. Today 200,000 Mainers struggle with hunger, a quarter of which are children. During the month of March, Bangor Savings Bank will be collecting peanut butter and jelly to benefit local food pantries statewide.

#SelflessSelfie!

Take a photo of yourself donating at one of our locations and send to socialmedia@bangor.com and we will upload to our Facebook page! For each #SelflessSelfie we receive, we will donate 2 additional jars of peanut butter to the drive to be donated to local food pantries statewide. It is our way of showing the community how grateful we are for those who take the time to selflessly donate to others in need.

Why peanut butter and jelly?

Peanut butter is among one of the most expensive foods for food banks to purchase in large quantities. However, it is one of the most sought after due to its high protein and beneficial fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils). And what’s peanut butter without jelly?

Donate today.

You can drop off donations of peanut butter and jelly in the Proud to Support Maine Communities bin at any of our 56 branch locations. Donations will be accepted throughout the month of March.  (Remember, you can also drop off your donations at Broadreach and we will deliver them for you!)

Have questions?  Contact Patrick Walsh, Broadreach Prevention Services Director at 338-2200 x 209 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org

 

March 3, 2015

Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit Hosted by Broadreach, UM Cooperative Extension & Belfast Adult Education

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit, to be hosted by Broadreach Family & Community Services, the University of Maine Extension Service, and Belfast Adult Education will be held on Friday, April 17th from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Guest Speakers will be Sue Mackey- Andrews, Co-Facilitator of Maine Resilience Building Network – www.maineaces.org (go to site and explore) and Chris Trout, Founder and President of Strengths in Focus at                   www.strengthsinfocus.com.

The topics to be discussed will include:

  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • The implications of adverse childhood experiences on early childhood and adolescent development
  • Possible long-term ramifications of Adverse Childhood Experiences over a lifetime
  • Ways in which we can promote RESILIENCE in parents, children and professionals, and in our own lives
  • The importance of building relationships

This summit is free ($10.00 donation at door to assist with expenses appreciated)

 

REGISTRATION – https://brmaine.org/summit/

 

Questions? Please contact one of the following individuals:

Wesley Neff- Maine Families, UMaine Cooperative Extension 800-287-1426 x 1021

Patrick Walsh- Broadreach 338-2200 x  109

Laura Flagg- Belfast Adult Ed 338-3197

 

February 24, 2015

Write in Your Vote for Broadreach Today!

This is the last week to vote for your favorite non-profits in Bangor Savings Bank’s 2015 Community Matters More!  Please write in your vote for Broadreach Family & Community Services under the Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc & Waldo Counties section.  We need your vote!  Please ask your family, friends, and colleagues to vote for Broadreach, too!

A total of 68 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the Community Matters More ballot and to the top 20 write-in recipients. The organizations in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000. So, make your vote count!

To vote for Broadreach and up to two more of your favorite nonprofits, visit Community Matters More or stop by any of the Bangor Savings Bank’s 56 branches statewide or you can copy and paste the following link in your browser and click for the Bangor Savings Bank voting site:

https://bangor.com/Community-Support/Community-Matters-More.aspx

Thank you!

 

October 28, 2014

Click for Babies Campaign

Click for Babies Campaign photo 2014

The parents of newborns at Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center will be receiving hand knit purple hats for their babies during the month of November and December as part of the Click For Babies campaign. This effort was organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome who connected with states that had infant abuse prevention programs and had the capacity to implement local campaigns.  Currently Maine is one of 14 states and two Canadian provinces participating in this effort.

Patrick Walsh, Child Abuse and Neglect Council coordinator at Broadreach Family & Community services says that for the fourth year of this project he is once again “overwhelmed” with the response and marvels at the variety of hats that have been donated, more than 112 for Waldo and Knox counties at this point.  Eighteen knitters from Waldoboro, to Pittsfield, to Bucksport have generously donated their time and materials to ensure that each precious baby born at our hospitals in November and December will receive a beautiful, lovingly crafted hat.  The “click” in the “Click for Babies” title refers to the clicking sound of the knitting needles as the hats are created.

Along with the hats, parents will receive an information package titled The Period of PURPLE Crying that provides those parents with important information about their newborn.   PURPLE is an acronym that helps to inform parents that: P is for Peak of Crying – “your baby may cry more each week with the most at 2 months then less at 3 to 5 months. U is for Unexpected – “crying can come and go and you don’t know why”. R is for Resists Soothing – “your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try”. P is for Pain-like face – “a crying baby may look like they are in pain even when they are not”.  L is for Long Lasting – “crying can last as much as 5 hours a day or more”.  E is for Evening – “your baby may cry more in the late afternoon or evening.”

Research tells us that children are vulnerable during this period to being shaken by a stressed out caregiver who feels frustrated that they cannot understand their child’s apparent discomfort and can do nothing to soothe them. In the past we may have attributed this crying and apparent pain to “colic”, and equated that with a medical condition. Research shows that this type of crying is “normal” and reduces over time.

Walsh says that “this is one small but significant effort that communities can take to ensure the well-being of its young children.”

For more information or to find out how you can be involved in Click For Babies, contact Walsh at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 ext 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org.

 

 

October 6, 2014

Long Time Advocate Patrick Walsh Awarded Professional of the Year

Patrick Walsh

A special annual event hosted by the Maine Children’s Trust was held to honor the organization and individuals in the State of Maine who have demonstrated their dedication and expertise in the field of the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services for Broadreach Family & Community Services was awarded the 2014  Professional Advocate.

In honoring Patrick Walsh,Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, ““Patrick is a bona fide example of living true to his professional and personal standards of always walking the talk in the sincere belief in the strength of each individual, diversity, and protection of each child in our community. He takes this a step further by advocating and leading positive change in our community.  This takes not only expertise, which he researches on a local and national level, but a committed belief and the devotion of long hours to promote this change.  He is fearless and compassionate in his work.”

Patrick Walsh has worked and volunteered in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention for over 37 years, the past 15 as Director of Prevention Services at Broadreach Family & Community Services. He is a tireless advocate for children and youth as is demonstrated by his dedication to serving the children and families of mid-coast Maine and beyond.Prior to working at Broadreach, Patrick served as an Ombudsman at Waldo County Committee for Social Action (1977/78), Victim/Witness Advocate for Waldo and Knox Counties (1979 to 1986), Director of Waldo County Child and Parent Council (1987 to 1990); and Prosecutorial Assistant for Knox County (1990 to 1999).

Patrick has coordinated Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Councils (CAN) for Waldo and Knox counties, is a member of the Maine Association of Child Abuse Prevention Councils, served as member of Healthy Waldo County in partnership with Waldo County General Hospital, served on the Waldo County Building Communities for Children Coalition since 1999 and helped organize the Greater Waldo Community Network Forums since 2007, has twice Chaired the Waldo County Fund Committee and been a member of the Maine Community Foundation’s Cobe Fund Advisory Committee.  Patrick has served for many years as a board member on the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and represented Maine for two years on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, formerly served as a Waldo County Habitat for Humanity organizational board member and former member of the President & Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children and Families.  He is a former member of the Child Welfare Advisory Committee and Midcoast Coalition to Prevent Domestic Abuse.  For several years Patrick has coordinated the “Click for Babies” Campaign in Waldo and Knox counties working with Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center and local volunteer knitters to provide each baby born in November and December with a purple hat and their parents with educational information about the “period of purple crying” that is a natural feature of an infant’s development.  The purpose is to help new parents understand that this is a normal development process and learn coping mechanisms as an effort to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.

While at Broadreach, most recently Patrick has:

  • Initiated the Student Intervention and Reintegration Program (SIRP) for at risk youth aged 13 to 18. This is a 12 hour free educational course for teens to help them make healthy choices about the use of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Initiated “Raising a Thinking Child”, a program funded by the Maine Children’s Trust. This parent education model has been recognized as an exemplary program by the Strengthening America’s Families Project and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Been instrumental in offering “Kids First” parent education classes in Waldo County for parents who involved in divorce, separation, or child custody proceedings. Scholarships are available for parents who cannot afford the cost.
  • Offered Parent Education programs in Knox and Waldo County including free classroom-based and on-line Active Parenting Now classes for parents of children aged 5 to 12.
  • Provided free training for professionals regarding Mandated Report of suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Worked with local police departments, sheriff’s office, and Waldo County Regional. Communication Center to bring an Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program called wTip, an anonymous text-a-tip program to Waldo County providing individuals, including youth, a resource to report. The goal is to intervene before a situation escalates, becoming a danger to youth or others in the community.
  • Presented to a wide range of audiences on topics of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention.

When asked what would be his heart’s desire in his professional life, Patrick responded, “I am hopeful that we can work together to put an end to the maltreatment of children.”

For more information about Child Abuse and Neglect and Substance Abuse Prevention programs and information available through Broadreach, please contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 extension 109 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org.

October 30, 2013

Click for Babies Campaign

Sometimes it seems young babies will cry inconsolably no matter what a parent tries to soothe them.  Parents try feeding, changing, holding, and checking for any signs of illness but nothing seems to help.  There is a term for this period of an infant’s life, the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  PURPLE is an acronym for P- peak of crying, U – unexpected, R – resists soothing, P – pain-like face (a crying baby may look like they are in pain even if they are not), L-long-lasting, and E – evening.  Babies may cry more in the late afternoon or evening.  Infants can reach a peak with their crying, often at two months, and then crying begins to taper off as they increase in age.

Recognizing that this can be a confusing and stressful time for parents, the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome developed a “Click for Babies” program to help educate parents about the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  Each state and province works with local organizations, including hospitals, to disseminate information to new parents along with little purple infant hats hand-knit by volunteers, either individually or as members of knitting clubs.

Broadreach Family & Community Services, along with many generous local knitters will be delivering the purple hats to parents of newborns at Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center during the months of November and December.  Each one comes with a special tag with a message for the new baby, such as “From a Knitting Grammie” or the name of the knitting circle.

Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services at Broadreach shares, “In the past we often attributed those infants who cried a great deal in their early months as colicky babies.  While every child and parent’s experience is unique, research shows us that this spike in crying in infancy is normal and it reduces over time.  We want to get the word out to parents that this is a temporary situation and to understand that this phase is a typical part of infancy and will pass.  While not all babies will experience this period, many will.  We so appreciate the caring knitters that help us convey this important message to parents of newborns.”

Maine, through the Maine Children’s Trust and the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Councils has been sponsoring the “CLICK (the sound of the knitting needles) for Babies” campaign since 2011.  In the first year the program collected five times their goal of purple knitted hats.  Maine is one of several states and Canadian provinces that participate in the program.

For more information about the “Click for Babies” Campaign, please contact Patrick Walsh at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 109 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org.

October 24, 2013

Maine Children’s Trust Awards Funds to Broadreach Family & Community Services

Filed under: Child Services,Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 9:57 am

Kate Quinn Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services has announced that a grant in the amount of $9,860 has been awarded to the organization by the Maine Children’s Trust.  The funds will be dedicated for a parent education program entitled “Raising a Thinking Child”.  Project activities including staff training and coordination with schools and other service providers will begin in January.  Classes for parents will begin in April and will be delivered at several sites throughout Waldo County.

Ms. Quinn-Finlay shared, “We are grateful for this grant which will allow us to serve families through the highly regarded “Raising a Thinking Child” Program.  This parent education model has been recognized as an exemplary program by the Strengthening America’s Families Project and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.”

This free program provides six two-hour parent sessions geared for parents of children enrolled in Broadreach programs or referred by other organizations.  Instructors will be early childhood educational professionals.  “Raising a Thinking Child” is an evidence-based, research supported program.  It was previously offered from 2005 to 2009 by Broadreach in collaboration with Waldo County Head Start but had been discontinued due to insufficient funding.

Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services and the Child Abuse and Neglect Council Director for Waldo and Knox counties, noted, ‘Raising a Thinking Child’ program developer and professor emeritus of Drexel University Dr. Myrna B. Shure has agreed to work with Broadreach to support the delivery and evaluation of the program.  She has agreed to provide her expertise at no charge to Broadreach or for the program.  This is a tremendous honor and we feel very fortunate that we can pass this direct knowledge on to the parents and families in our region.”

“Raising a Thinking Child” is designed to build on both family and community strengths.  The program emphasizes strong parent-child bonding and positive communication and discipline.  The overall goal is to positively impact the healthy development of children and help prevent anti-social behaviors.

The program helps parents teach their children problem-solving language and helps guide them in thinking and talking for themselves, to recognize and be sensitive to their own and others’ feelings, and to develop alternative solutions to everyday problems.  “Raising a Thinking Child” helps build confidence in parenting skills and parents’ own abilities to solve day-to-day family problems.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving Waldo and Knox Counties with family strengthening services, case management for people of all ages, middle and high school programs in Knox County, and early childhood education programs throughout both counties.  Broadreach works collaboratively with a number of community organizations and schools to deliver quality programs in the region.  For more information about “Raising a Thinking Child” contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 extension 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org.

 

June 27, 2013

Active Parenting Now: An online class for parents of 5 to 12 year olds

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 3:46 pm

While an online parent education class may not meet everyone’s needs, Broadreach’s Active Parenting Now class does seem to help those who are ready, and who are too busy to attend a standard classroom- based class. Some comments from parents who have completed: “This course met my unusual scheduling needs and was quite informative. I liked the scenarios and the helpful ideas/activities which I plan to rely upon routinely.” Another parent told us that “I really enjoyed the course, and felt like I got a lot out of it. I’ve been sharing info with other parents/friends who have talked to me about struggles with their kids at home”.

The class confirms for some parents that their parenting practices are sound and others find areas where they might improve, like the parent who told us: “I can think of several times now after watching these videos that I was unknowingly disrespectful to my son. Now that I am aware of this I will watch what I say to him and the tone I use when speaking with him.” Another parent shared: “I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this course. It opened my mind to new ideas and gave me confidence in handling difficult situations with my child”.

A couple shared that although they had not been able to complete all of the 6 lessons in the online class in the allotted 60 days “We are actually implementing most of the program, and it has transformed our parenting almost completely. We were pretty desperate and feeling pretty out of control when we met you, and sometimes we still feel that way, but mostly we are empathic with our kids, and we hold family meetings to make decisions. One of the most significant learnings for me was to remain calm and loving with our oldest, though his behavior is really challenging and he doesn’t respond to many traditional parenting techniques.”

Because of grant funding from the Maine Children’s Trust, Broadreach is able to provide this class for free and there are incentives available for those who complete the program.

If you are a parent residing in Waldo or Knox County and are interested in learning about whether participating in this free online parenting class could benefit your family, contact Patrick Walsh, Broadreach, 338-2200 ext 109, or pwalsh@brmaine.org. If you do not currently have Internet access, we may be able to help you find a location to complete the class.

April 24, 2013

Grant Supports Local After-School Programs

Left to right:  Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison and Five Town CTC Executive Director Dalene Dutton

Left to right: Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison and Five Town CTC Executive Director Dalene Dutton

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group recently awarded a $90,000 grant to support after-school programs in mid-coast Maine. Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services and STAR, a program of Five Town Communities That Care (CTC) were the joint recipients of this generous funding. “Youthlinks and STAR have common goals,” says Youthlinks Director, Amie Hutchison. “Both programs are working to improve outcomes for middle school students by providing skill building programs and meaningful volunteer opportunities.” “We are excited to be working with Broadreach and Youthlinks in this way. Collaboration provides us with the opportunity to share resources and expertise and ensures that every dollar goes even further,” added Five Town CTC Executive Director, Dalene Dutton. Another common goal of Youthlinks and STAR is to create a generation of life-long community-minded volunteers.
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) oversees Maine’s participation in the federal juvenile justice initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to help states craft effective responses to the problems of juvenile crime and violence; and to reduce delinquency and youth violence by providing community members with skills, knowledge, and opportunities to foster a healthy and nurturing environment that supports the growth and development of productive and responsible citizens.
Youthlinks’ mission is to empower youth to commit to themselves and their communities, broaden their horizons, and acquire healthy life skills through focused enrichment programs and meaningful volunteer work. Youthlinks offers a diverse menu of in-school, after-school, and summer programs to engage a broad base of youth with varying interests. Their programs rely on creating mutually beneficial relationships with other area non-profit agencies. Through these opportunities, youth are exposed to new experiences, develop new knowledge and skills and develop pride in the service they give to their community.
The STAR Program seeks to provide opportunities for youth to learn skills that they can use in service to their community, to provide recognition for the contributions of young people, and to connect youth to other places where they can use their newly acquired skills. Youths who have confidence in their basic skills are apt to become involved in groups where healthy development is fostered. For the spring cycle of STAR, students will participate in one of the following classes: Knit Wits, Exploring Through the Arts, Hands On Science, Animal Antics, Aldermere Farm Hands, Martial Arts, Cooking, and Improvisational Drama.
STAR is open to 5th-8th graders in the towns of Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, and Rockport. It is the flagship program of Five Town Communities That Care, whose mission is to promote healthy youth and to prevent problem adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school dropout, teenage pregnancy, and suicide.
Youthlinks and the STAR program are available at no cost to participants thanks to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group grant and generous donations from community members, organizations, and businesses. For more information on Youthlinks, visit www.youthlinksonline.org or call 594-2221. For information on Five Town Communities That Care, visit www.fivetownctc.org or call 236-9800.

December 7, 2012

Free On-Line Parenting Course begins January 1st

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 9:06 am

Are you interested in learning new ways to tackle old problems while raising confident, happy children?  Broadreach Family & Community Services will be offering a new series of online parenting classes to local families with children aged 5 through 12 years old.  Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate. Being a great parent doesn’t have to be a stressful part of your life anymore.

With Active Parenting Now Online, participants will gain the tools needed for less stressful and more effective parenting.  For those parents who do not have the time or inclination to take a weekly class outside of their home, Broadreach delivers a unique, interactive online option. Active Parenting Now is based on sound psychology, and it provides participants with indispensible parenting help.  The comprehensive parenting class “meets” online and covers a diverse selection of parenting topics. And because it’s an online parenting class, parents can complete the lessons wherever and whenever they like, and review past lessons as many times as needed. Aside from providing parenting help through planned lessons, the online class also allows parents to connect with other parents to hold discussions and complete activities.  Broadreach Family & Community Services has been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983.  Each year over 2000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs.  Broadreach has over thirty years of expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming.

Patrick Walsh, certified parent educator and father of two grown sons, will facilitate the course. For more information on how to register for Active Parenting Now, or learn more about Broadreach’s other parent education offerings, please call Patrick Walsh at 207-338-2200 ext 109 or e-mail pwalsh@brmaine.org .

 

March 30, 2012

Thinking About Alcohol Awareness Month

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 10:46 am

     Recently I was sitting in a hallway at Searsport Elementary School participating in their Health and Wellness Fair and trying to engage with parents about helping their kids stay alcohol and drug free. Several parents said something like “I’m glad I don’t have teenagers yet!” Unfortunately, they had not reviewed the results from the latest version of the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS);  I have. I shared with them that when asked about their first use of alcohol, “other than a few sips”, 37% of Waldo County middle school students said that happened before age 11. So as I watched these often quite tiny 4th and 5th graders walk by I had to agree that, like their parents, I was surprised that they would have access to alcohol and the interest to try.  I shouldn’t be. I know the data and I have talked with focus groups of young people. I remember that one 10th grader said that “you know by the time you are in like second grade whether you are the kind of kid who will smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol”.

His peers agreed with that. Parents – is your kid that “kind of kid”?

       In the same MIYHS survey, 27% of Waldo County middle school students reported using marijuana before age 11.

        It is important to recognize that some children early on form the intention of “using” and wait for an opportunity to try. Parents are the greatest protective force to help their children stay alcohol and drug free. Many parental  heartaches can be relieved when parents commit  to protecting  their child from this early drug experience. Whether you believe or not the idea of what may be a gateway drug, when I have spoken with those therapists who treat adult addicts, and interviewed jail inmates about their drug use, it is nearly guaranteed that early use of substances (including tobacco)  is a pathway to addiction. Research shows that youth who begin drinking alcohol prior to age 15 are 4 times more likely to develop an adult substance use disorder. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as an “adolescent developmental disorder” recognizing this pathway.

        The Partnership At Drugfree.Org has recently released a guide for parents citing research-supported parenting practices that will help parents help their kids stay drug and alcohol free.

  1.  Build a warm and supportive relationship with your child
  2. Be a good role-model when it comes to drinking, taking medicine and handling stress
  3. Know your child’s risk-level
  4. Know your child’s friends
  5. Monitor, supervise and set boundaries
  6. Have ongoing conversations and provide information about drugs and alcohol. (note – not a one time or one way talk)

The full guide and a lot more information can be found at www.drugfree.org

       Parents can also consider enrolling in a course planned to begin April 24th at the Morse School in Brooks. Active Parenting Now focuses on parents of children aged 5 to 12. Call me at 338-2200 ext 109 for more information. The RSU 3 District will be holding a Community Forum on Underage Drinking and other drug use on Wednesday April 25th; call 948-6136 x6811 for more information.

Patrick Walsh
Healthy Waldo County
Broadreach Family & Community Services
338-2200 ext 109

February 14, 2012

Active Parenting Now

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 9:21 am

Most parents want their children to be respectful; to follow family rules; to help out at home; to learn from their mistakes; and to succeed at school. The Active Parenting Now program offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services supports parents of children aged 5 to 12 to help their children meet those goals. Active Parenting Now classes will begin in Belfast on Tuesday February 28th at the Captain Albert Stevens School. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. This program offers 6 two-hour sessions and has been shown to improve parents’ confidence and ability. This is program is part of a scheduled series of classes offered by Broadreach in Waldo and Knox Counties.

Active Parenting Now is a video-based education program targeted to parents of 5 to 12-year-olds who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise a child by using encouragement, building the child’s self-esteem, and creating a relationship with the child based upon active listening, honest communication, and problem solving. It also teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors.

These parent classes will be open to all parents and child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983. Each year over 2,000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs. Broadreach has over a quarter of century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First, Guiding Good Choices, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting Now, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Patrick Walsh at 207-338-2200 ext 109 or e-mail pwalsh@brmaine.org.

October 18, 2011

Press Release –Active Parenting Now

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 3:45 pm

October 18, 2011

Broadreach Family & Community Services has announced that Active Parenting Now classes will begin in Searsport on Tuesday November 1st at the Searsport Elementary School. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. This program offers 6 two-hour sessions and has been shown to improve parents’ confidence and ability. This is the seventh scheduled series of classes offered by Broadreach in Waldo and Knox Counties.

Active Parenting Now is a video-based education program targeted to parents of 5 to 12-year-olds who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise a child by using encouragement, building the child’s self-esteem, and creating a relationship with the child based upon active listening, honest communication, and problem solving. It also teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors.

These parent classes will be open to all parents and child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983.  Each year over 2000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs.  Broadreach has over a quarter of century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First, Guiding Good Choices, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting Now, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Patrick Walsh at 207-338-2200 ext 109 or e-mail pwalsh@brmaine.org.

January 11, 2011

Active Parenting Now Series Continues At Searsport Location

Filed under: Prevention Services — Tags: , , , — Vicky @ 8:29 am

Broadreach Family & Community Services has announced that a new series of Active Parenting Now classes will begin in Searsport at the Searsport Elementary School on Monday February 7th. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. This new curriculum offers 6 two-hour sessions and has been shown to improve parents’ confidence and ability.

Active Parenting Now is a video-based education program targeted to parents of 5 to 12-year-olds who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise a child by using encouragement, building the child’s self-esteem, and creating a relationship with the child based upon active listening, honest communication, and problem solving. It also teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors.

These parent classes will be open to all parents and childcare will be provided during class if needed. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate. Pre-registration is required and enrollment will be limited.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983. Each year over 2000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs. Broadreach has over a quarter of century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First, Guiding Good Choices, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting Now, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Patrick Walsh at 207-338-2200 ext 109 or e-mail pwalsh@brmaine.org.

March 9, 2010

Parents, Guiding Good Choices is For You

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 1:36 pm

By Broadreach Family & Community Services
Mar 08, 2010 Once again, Broadreach Family & Community Services and RSU 20’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program are working together to provide the program Guiding Good Choices to parents of 4th to 8th graders, 9 to 14 year olds. Parents who participate will have a chance to win a $25 gift card and if completing all 5 sessions of the program, a chance to win a $100 gift card to reward them for their participation.

Guiding Good Choices has been presented in many communities across the country and research has demonstrated that participating parents experience improved success in keeping their children drug and alcohol free. The program focuses on building family strengths and reducing risk factors that could make substance abuse by youth more likely. Children whose parents have completed the program have shown a 40% reduction in alcohol and marijuana use; a 54% reduction in the progression to use more serious substances; and a 26% increase in the likelihood that non-users will continue to remain drug free. But to be clear, this is a prevention program and not the best choice for parents whose son or daughter is currently using and in need of treatment.

This free five-session program will be offered at two sites and will meet weekly beginning on March 24th at Searsport District Middle School and on March 30th at Troy Howard Middle School. Sessions will begin at 6 pm and end at 8:15. Childcare and food will be provided. All parents are invited to participate, but preference in registration will be given to families whose children are enrolled in RSU 20.

Grant funds from the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program and the Maine Children’s Trust make it possible to offer this program at no cost to parents. Sessions will be led by Patrick Walsh a parent educator from Broadreach and Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Healthy Waldo County. To register or for more information contact Walsh at Broadreach, 338-2200 ext 109 or by e-mail at pwalsh@brmaine.org.