Children who experience higher levels of parental involvement and a closer relationship with their parents are less likely to exhibit behavioral problems and engage in risky behaviors. In addition, they tend to achieve better grades, higher levels of education, and experience better emotional health.
NewDay began offering CPS-FOCUS for Mothers in 2013 at the request of CPS and following the success of the FOCUS for Fathers Program. The program has grown exponentially since then. The CPS-FOCUS for Mothers Program engages mothers referred through the Child Welfare Courts/CPS. These mothers are at risk of having heir children removed from their home or their children are already in substitute care. The primary goal of FOCUS for Mothers is to reduce out-of-home placement for their children.
According to the 2016 Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Data Book, there were 10,573 Children in foster care in CPS Region 3
Class topics/objectives are: maximizing the mother’s influence in her child’s life; relieving tension caused by family stress; communicating constructively with the father of the child; growing into the kind of mother she wants to be; planning for the adult she wants her child to become; recognizing the difference between control and influence; recognizing the many components of domestic violence; understanding the mother’s positive traits; understanding self-value; learning to set boundaries; understanding the difference between anger, rage and hostility; knowing how parental acts create a pattern for children; learning about the “circle of control”; choosing attitudes and actions; and making a plan to raise a strong child. These positive parenting practices promote a mother’s healthy parenting skills.
In 2016, Mothers who graduated from a NewDay CPS FOCUS for Mothers Program reported a:
62.5% increase in ability to respond calmly to conflict between them and their child’s father.
53.7% increase in knowing their strengths as a mother.
30.8% increase in knowing they have a role in the kind of adult their child will become.
42.9% improvement in desire to relate peaceably with the child’s father.
48% increase in ability to remain in control during stressful situations.
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