Creating strong bonds
Survey of families’ needs leads to new program
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
Family life can be challenging at times, especially for those families that include pre-teens. Research shows that a strong bond with a caring adult is one of the biggest influences affecting a child’s growth into a responsible, caring and competent adult. The Oneida County Health Department wants to
“We surveyed Oneida County families last year as part of a grant we received,” explained county Community Health Specialist, Meagan Neis. “In the survey there were high reports of child abuse and neglect, so we looked for programs that would strengthen family bonds. We found this evidence-based program that offers fun along with learning.”
Called, “Strengthening Families: For Parents and Youth 10-14,” it provides families with a chance to spend quality time together while learning new skills through games and interactive activities, promotes effective parenting styles, builds decision-making skills in youth and promote positive communication.
The 7-week Strengthening Families program will take place weekly, Sept. 13-Nov. 1 at the YMCA of the Northwoods, 6-8 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. There is no cost to attend, transportation reimbursement is available and childcare will be provided for younger siblings. Register by calling 715-369-6186 or email email@example.com.
This is the first time the county has offered the program, but Neis said the Health Department is receiving positive feedback, so it will likely be offered again in the spring