Strengthening Families is a FREE and FUN 14-week, family-focused, skill building program provided to families with (at least one) youth between the ages of 6 and 11 years old. If families also have children under 6 or over 11 years old, FREE childcare is provided each week. This program is designed to celebrate ALL families, family togetherness, and family supports.
Importance of the Program
Strengthening Families improves family functioning by building upon the relationships of parents/guardians and youth as well as offers additional tools to improve effective communication and boundary setting. This evidence-based program has shown to lower rates of risky and/or oppositional behavior among youth as well as 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 11, may participate in this program. Referrals are accepted from community agencies, local medical providers, school staff, 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 Cabarrus Health Alliance-Kannapolis site. Dinner is provided to families (free of charge) from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., and then parents and youth break off into separate sessions for an hour. Families are then reunited during the last hour to practice the skills learned that night.
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 11
- Family incentives during the program
- Family incentive upon graduation
- Free program materials
For more information, please view the referral form (PDF) or you may also contact Laura Pierce 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--stay tuned!