The Parental Involvement program is a unique model developed by the Yeladim – Fair Chance for Children non-profit organization, in cooperation with the Ashalim branch of the Joint Distribution Committee and the Israeli Welfare Ministry, in 2012. The program’s objective is to strengthen cooperation between parents of the children who are getting their education at the Children’s Center, their children and the communities they came from. The Emunah Children’s Center was chosen as a pilot for assimilating the project in the national Children’s Center system.
The program offers a practical model for working with the families of children at the Children’s Center with the aim to:
The approach that guides this program is that the child belongs to his family also while he/she is getting an education at the Children’s Center, and that the Children’s Center’s job is to ensure that the parents are full partners, as much as possible, in the lives of their children during their stay at the Children’s Center, with the aim to preserve and nurture the relationship between the child and his family.
The involvement of parents with the education of their children will ensure a better absorption of the child into the Children’s Center, continuity between periods of residence at the Children’s Center and vacations spent at the parents’ home, a strengthening of the relationship between the child and his parents and a better return to the family home when the time at the Children’s Center ends.
The model includes direct involvement of with the child and the family, developing family responses at the Children’s Center, and joint work with the community. The key to change is intensive work with the therapeutic, educational and administrative staffs at the Children’s Center, work that includes training, coaching and continuing education programs run by the staffs.
The result – a change in the organic culture of the Children’s Center, so that parental involvement becomes part of the daily experience.
A parents’ club in operation at the Children’s Center is built on instructional/ therapeutic meetings for drama therapy and in baking and ceramics workshops. Moreover there are therapeutic groups for parents in various domains. The joint work with parents builds trust between the parents and the Children’s Center, provides strength and tools for a strong and beneficent family connection, and enables an integration of educational/ therapeutic work with the students which results in stability, confidence and calm.
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