Family Resource Services

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Program Description

ATCAA Family Resource Services is a comprehensive child abuse prevention and family strengthening program that provides a range of services for children and families in Amador County. These services are designed to enhance caregiver skills and competencies through parent education classes, home visiting, and intensive therapy models as well as increase wellness and resiliency in children and teens.

During parent education classes, participants learn effective strategies for positive parenting, daily routines, child safety, nutrition, and the importance of play as well as child development fundamentals and appropriate expectations. Courses include discipline techniques, communication skills, building on parental strengths, and the development of positive self-esteem. Classes are offered at the ATCAA Jackson Service Center and at the Amador County Jail. In 2011, 75 families participated in parent education classes.

Comprehensive home visiting services are also offered to families to help ensure that children have permanency and stability in their living situations and that the continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved. Home visitors provide case management services, information and referral, and assistance in obtaining resources. Families also receive support and assistance with parenting and discipline, child development and infant care, communication skills, budgeting, time management, and parent advocacy. In 2011, 79 families received home visiting services.

In addition, licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Marriage & Family Therapist Interns provide intensive family therapy services including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Child Abuse Treatment, Common Ground, and Aggression Replacement Training. In 2011, 283 individuals received therapy services.

Funding to support Family Resource Services is provided by Amador County Behavioral Health, Amador County Department of Social Services, Cal EMA, Amador County Probation, and donations from individuals, businesses, and local community groups.



Parenting & Home Visiting
Pat Porto
(209) 223-1485 x 236
935 S. Hwy 49, Jackson CA