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California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse

Website: The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

Nurturing Programs Rated:

Child Welfare Outcomes: Safety and child/family well-being.

Type of Maltreatment: Emotional abuse, Exposure to domestic violence, Physical abuse, and Physical neglect

Target Population: Parents who are at high-risk for, or have substantiated reports of, child maltreatment

Brief Description:(The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff.)

The Nurturing Parenting Programs have been rated by the CEBC in the areas of Parent Training and Prevention (Secondary). The Nurturing Parenting Programs are family-based programs utilized for the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Program sessions are offered in group-based and home-based formats ranging from 12 to 48 sessions. Programs are designed for parents with young children birth to 5 years old, school-aged children 5 to 11 years old, and teens 12 to 18 years old. In addition, programs for children 5 to 11 years old and teens 12 to 18 years old are also offered. Parents and their children meet in separate groups that meet concurrently.

Developed from the known behaviors that contribute to the maltreatment of children, the goals of the curriculum are: 1) to teach age-appropriate expectations and neurological development of children; 2) to develop empathy and self worth in parents and children; 3) to utilize nurturing, non-violent strategies and techniques in establishing family discipline; 4) to empower parents and children to utilize their personal power to make healthy choices; and 5) to increase awareness of self and others in developing positive patterns of communication while establishing healthy, caring relationships.

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