Strengthening Families 

Strengthening Families is a 14-week family-focused skills building program provided to families with youth between the ages of 6 and 16. This program is designed to provide separate skill building sessions for parents and youth and to provide family time to practice the skills learned during those sessions.  

Importance of the Program
Strengthening Families improves family functioning by reinforcing the parent-child bond and provides parents and youth with additional tools to improve communication and boundary setting. This evidence-based program has shown to lower rates of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use among youth. It has also shown improvement in peer resistance skills and academic achievement.

Participants & Referrals
Any family unit, defined as at least one parent / guardian and at least one youth between the ages of 6 and 16, may participate in this program. Referrals are accepted from community agencies, local medical providers, school social workers, and during outreach events. Parents can also self-refer to participate.

The program is offered weekly in the evenings, usually from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at a location central to the participants. Dinner is provided to families from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., and then parents and youth break off into separate training sessions for an hour. Families are then reunited during the last hour to practice the skills learned. 

Additional Program Information
This program is free to all participating families. Participants receive:
  • Assistance with transportation
  • Child care for youth not between the ages of 6 and 16
  • Family incentives during the program
  • Family incentive upon graduation
  • Free program materials 
For more information, please view the referral form or you may also contact Michelle Wilson at 704-920-1356 with additional questions. Currently, we are only able to offer the program in English but we are working to develop a group for Spanish speaking families.