Partners in Parenting

Partners in Parenting (PIP) is a parent skills training program that provides:

  • Aftercare to families of youth who are returning home from foster care or residential placement.
  • Parent training to prevent placement.
  • Parent training and supervised visitation to facilitate return of youth from placement.
  • These goals are achieved through individualized, intensive, short-term intervention to increase stability in the home and help resolve parent-child conflict.

PIP works with families:

  • Referred for voluntary, preventive services
  • Mandated through family court
  • Who have a youth returning home from residential treatment placement

Qualified Trainers
Each Parent Trainer has a bachelor’s degree in social work or related human service field and a minimum of two years experience in direct services to children and families.

Individualized Parent Training
The Parent Trainer provides education on:

  • Child development
  • Age-appropriate behaviors
  • Behavior management

The Parent Trainer helps the family learn and practice coping, communication, problem-solving and parenting skills in order to prevent a crisis and to give parents the skills to handle a crisis if one occurs. Within one week of admission, the Parent Trainer conducts a comprehensive assessment with the family. Within 30 days, the Parent Trainer and family develop a strength-based individualized service plan. The plan uses time-limited, measurable goals and clear, specific objectives. Typically, the Parent Trainer meets face-to-face with the family four times a month, but the frequency is based on family need. They can meet in the home, school or other locations within the community.

Family Case Management & Referrals
The Parent Trainer identifies appropriate community services and coordinates the efforts of multiple service providers. He or she assists the family in navigating the Department of Social Services (DSS), Office of Mental Health (OMH) and educational systems. The Parent Trainer also acts as an advocate for the youth and families.

Supervised Visitation
Supervised visitation allows the Parent Trainer to assist the parent in developing skills by modeling new behaviors and directly interceding in the parent-child interaction.

Crisis Management
Partners in Parenting staff are on call 24 hours a day through Niagara County Crisis Services to provide help during a crisis. Staff can help the family de-escalate the situation or refer the family for emergency services.

Other Services
The Parent Trainer supports participation of the youth and family in educational and leisure activities.
The trainer may use wraparound funds for emergency services, specific client needs and program enhancement.

Length of Service
The average length of service for a Partners in Parenting family is four to six months. Upon discharge, the Parent Trainer will ensure that community-based services are in place to provide continuity of service.

In addition to Partners in Parenting, New Directions offers other preventive and community-based services, educational services, supervised independent living, therapeutic foster care, non-secure detention, group homes and residential treatment.

For more information, contact Laura Kelemen, Program Director, at (716) 433-4487, ext. 429.

6395 Old Niagara Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094

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For more information, contact Laura Kelemen, Program Director, at (716) 433-4487, ext. 429.

6395 Old Niagara Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094

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