Family Support Programs

Families Learning Together Initiative

Orange County Literacy Council

The Families Learning Together Initiative provides children with a literacy rich environment where everyday life is filled with language development. This project is aimed at helping stay-at-home moms whose first language is not English and parents of children ages 0-5 who need support building their own literacy skills and those of their children. This initiative helps parents and caregivers build the skills needed to prepare the children in their care to enter and to thrive in school. Through a series of access points, the initiative introduces parents and caregivers to strategies that integrate language learning into daily activities and works with them as they build confidence and proficiency in working with their children.

Contact: Alice Denson

Community Response Program

Orange County Department of Social Services

The Community Response Program (CRP) provides family-centered services for Orange County families with children birth to 5 who have been reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) with reports closed or screened out at intake. CRP engages families for up to 6 months through home visits to build upon family strengths or to meet needs. Home visits focus on building protective factors to reduce risk factors that can lead to further CPS involvement, increase positive parenting practices, and encourage healthy child development. Families are provided with family support services including a family assessment, screening children under the age of 5 for early intervention services, linkage to community resources, and information on child development and parenting. Evidence-based interventions include Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-UP (ABC). CRP will train additional CPS staff in Triple P in order to broaden the scope of the interventions available through Orange County DSS.

Contact: Kristin Miskow