Los Angeles County Embraces CICC Parenting Programs ___ by Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.

Through its Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the County of Los Angeles has recently and is currently making a new and large commitment to insuring that its families receive the many parenting education benefits of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring’s national model parenting skill-building programs.

This DCFS is the largest public child welfare agency in the United States and serves the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Over the last 30 years it often contracted directly with CICC to train its children service workers to deliver classes in CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program for Parents of African American Children and classes in CICC’s Los Ninos Bien Educados Parenting Program for Parents of Latino Children with the clients the department serves.

During 2015 and 2016, DCFS has indirectly contracted with CICC to train many of its staff members and the staffs of community-based child welfare groups to be able to conduct these highly effective classes. They have and are currently doing this by awarding grants to local child welfare groups who, in turn, contract with CICC to run Parenting Instructor Training Workshops at their agencies in different areas of the county.

The first of this type of creative arrangement took place the week of August 24-28, 2015 at the Antelope Valley offices of the Los Angeles Children’s Bureau. That workshop was to prepare instructors to deliver classes in CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program and it has already resulted in the delivery of several very successful classes, which is one of the reasons that DCFS has continued and expanded these sorts on contractual arrangements.EBP Parents Handbook_3879

The second such arrangement took place at the offices of El Projecto del Barrio in Panorama City the week of May 9-13, 2016. It taught CICC’s Los Ninos Bien Educados Program and was also very well received. See videos of that workshop on the Videos/Photos page of CICC’s website.Los Ninos Book Cover_English_crop

The current week of August 15-19, 2016 is witnessing two more such workshops in the Effective Black Parenting Program in the Pomona and Hawthorne areas of the county. These are being hosted by the Prototypes (Pomona) and the Shields for Families (Hawthorne) agencies.

Another workshop in the Effective Black Parenting Program will be hosted by the Shields for Families agency the week of September 19-23, 2016 in the Long Beach area.

All of these workshops are being led by CICC’s National Trainers of Parenting Instructors. You can meet one of these National Trainers, Mr. Carl Shackelford, on the Videos/Photos page of the CICC website. He is seen leading the graduation of a prior Effective Black Parenting workshop in the Los Angeles area. Carl will be leading the September 19-23, 2016 Workshop in Long Beach, CA.

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Altogether the five workshops mentioned in this article will train a total of 85 new instructors. They in turn will be educating hundred of more parents to be more sensitive and effective in raising their children, and thereby helping to prevent the abuse of hundreds of children.

During these times when so many people are wondering whether Black and Brown lives matter, it is especially commendable that L.A. County’s DCFS has taken such important leadership in making all of this happen!

If your agency, department, school or religious organization would like to bring similar benefits to your area, CICC can arrange to conduct an instructor training workshop in your community during a week that is convenient for you.

To explore this possibility, please complete and return a Workshop Application Form.



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