Family Service and Children’s Aid believes that part of its mission to strengthen children and families is to provide a variety of prevention and education programs. These programs help combat drug and alcohol addiction in youth, address delinquent behavior in juveniles, and prevent child abuse and help parents raise emotionally and mentally healthy children.
Breakout Drug Education
Breakout Drug Education provides school-based alcohol and drug prevention education for adolescents in grades 6-12. Our experienced facilitators teach children in an age appropriate way about the health risks associated with alcohol and drug use, how alcohol and tobacco advertising influences young people’s choices, and the economics of drug use. The Breakout Drug Education program helps young people assess the choices and consequences of using alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, helps them understand the importance of having peer support and a safety net, helps them know how to say no to drugs and alcohol, and how to avoid high-risk situations. Breakout Drug Education staff is available for outreach to parents, local businesses, and the community at large. Please call 517-787-7920 for more information or visit the Breakout Drug Education Program website.
Our Parent Education classes are provided free of charge and are available to anyone who wants to learn how to become a better parent. Classes give parents new techniques and information so they have a better understanding of their own parenting style, have better communication with their children, improve their ability to discipline in a positive way, and become the best parents they can be. We use the Nurturing Parenting curriculum and classes run in eight-week cycles that parents can join at any time. Our trained facilitators cover topics like building empathy in children, fostering independence, developing age appropriate expectations, maintaining appropriate roles, barriers to positive parenting, and positive discipline techniques. Class times are Tuesdays 10am-noon and 6pm-8pm. We offer specialized workshops for teachers, daycare providers and community members periodically, and certificates for daycare providers needing proof of training for licensure are available. Parents must complete an assessment prior to joining the Parent Education program. Please call 517-787-7920 for more information.
First Time Offenders & Juvenile Diversion Programs
These programs provide prevention education and intervention to first time juvenile offenders charged with possession of drugs or alcohol or other misdemeanor offenses. Substance abuse education, case management services, and referrals are provided to juveniles and their families. The First Time Offenders and Juvenile Diversion programs require a referral by the Probate Court. Please call 517-787-7920 for more information.