Improve your child’s behavior and reduce your stress as a parent.

 

Building Families is an evidence-based, in-home service that offers practical, hands-on tools to improve your child’s behavior and reduce your stress as a parent. We strive to improve communication and healthy family functioning through the use of tested, proven parenting techniques taught by experienced and passionate professionals. Our team of specialists meets with you in your home, around your family schedule, to provide highly personalized services that are tailored to your unique family needs.

 

 

Serving Families in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

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What is a Family Specialist?

A family specialist is a qualified professional, trained in the Teaching-Family Model and certified through the Teaching-Family Association.  Your specialist works alongside you to assess your family’s needs and develops a parenting plan that fits your personality and family lifestyle. We emphasize positive parenting principles and teaching, not punishment, as a parenting style. We coach and support you as you develop effective consequences for your child’s problematic behaviors. We will also demonstrate ways to teach your child more appropriate behaviors that he or she needs to know for a more successful future. Building Families believes that every family has the skills and strengths needed to be successful. We work to identify and build upon your family’s strengths to help you meet your goals.

What does the intervention look like?

Building Families emphasizes the unique nature of each family. Therefore, we spend the first one to two weeks getting to know you. We ensure that your concerns are thoroughly understood before the teaching phase begins. After completing a full assessment, your specialist develops a personalized treatment plan with your input. During visits to the home, specialists use family activities, games, role-play, parent assignments, and school- and community-based visits to assess behavior and build skills for both the parent and child.

Your Specialist will spend four to six hours a week in your home, over an eight- to 14-week period of time. Specialists are also on-call to provide assistance should you need support during a time of stress. The intensity and duration of services are based on your family’s needs, and may also include: personalized case management, home and life management skills, and connection to other resources that promote stability and self-sufficiency.

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Some skills we can teach children include:

  • Following instructions
  • Accepting “No” for an answer
  • Calming down
  • Accepting consequences
  • Expressing feelings appropriately
  • Managing anger
  • Showing Respect

We help parents develop skills to:

  • Correct misbehavior
  • Give effective consequences
  • Teach appropriate behaviors
  • Establish a family routine
  • Develop behavioral charts and contracts
  • Praise children effectively
  • Teach self-control

How do I request services?

Any family may be referred to the program, or you may reach out personally to request services. Building Families is generally able to work with families that meet the following criteria:

  • Children between the ages of two to 17 living in the home
  • Parent or guardian with legal custody of the child willing and able to participate
  • Stable home environment in which to meet with the specialist

After receiving a referral or request for services, your specialist schedules an initial meeting to obtain basic information, review your concerns and goals, and determine if our services are appropriate to meet your needs.

Please use the Building Families Referral Form to refer a family or to request the services for your own family.

As a mom, I feel so much more confident because I’ve had somebody in the trenches with me… alongside me.”

—FAMILY NEAR GREENVILLE, SC

Want to read a story about a family who participated in the Building Families program?

Libby and her mother fought daily, and her mother didn’t know what to do to turn their relationship around. She heard about the Building Families program and, 12 weeks later, she and her daughter’s relationship was back on track.

How long will it take to see results?

We believe that every family experiences a unique and often complex set of circumstances leading them to request services. Progress through the intervention depends on your specific goals and the nature of family dynamics at the time you begin services.

Some families begin to see results quickly, as both the parent and child make efforts toward changing past behaviors and implementing more effective patterns of communication. The process of making significant, long-lasting change typically takes several weeks to several months. After completion of the Building Families program, your specialist provides follow-up and the opportunity for refresher services for up to one year. This ensures you are supported as you continue to pursue your family’s goals.

“There was no judgment at all. It can be very intimidating to let someone in your house to see all of your flaws. She [family specialist] loved us for who we are. She met us where we were.”

—FAMILY NEAR ATLANTA, GA

Summary of Workshops

From Point A to Point B: Does your parenting have a flight plan, or are you calling out S.O.S.?

Wouldn’t it be great if babies came home from the hospital with an instruction manual? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Most parents experience confusion over the best parenting strategy and find that in the absence of a plan, they are “winging it” when making tough decisions. But without a plan, how do you know if your parenting strategy is successful? Have you stopped to ask yourself, “What are my goals for my children?” Are there things you could be doing right now to help them grow to be a more successful adult? This thought-provoking workshop helps you identify the qualities you want your child to develop and teach you ways to plan for that future.

Nurtured vs Spoiled: Myths and Facts about Spoiling Your Child

Want to make your children feel like a million bucks? Praise helps children feel good about themselves, but many parents fear that too much positive recognition makes their child conceited or spoiled. As a parent, it can be hard to navigate all the opinions of society, our friends, and even our families. This is especially true when we second-guess our parenting decisions. Have fun and meet other parents in your community while we work together to tease apart all the myths and facts about what REALLY spoils children.

Grown-Ups Need Time-Outs Too! Understanding and Handling Your Stress as a Parent

Do you ever feel tired or stressed out, but aren’t sure how to relax? Stress is a daily part of life for adults and children. This workshop helps you and your family gain a better understanding of the reasons for your stress and tactics to combat it. Connect with other parents in your area, while you learn about common stressors in the lives of parents and healthy coping skills you can use in your own life.

Who’s in Charge? Promoting Personal Power and Preventing Power Struggles

Personal power is all about inner strength and the ability to get our needs met in appropriate ways. But we are not born with this innate ability, and it’s up to parents to create an environment where children learn to use their personal power in a positive way. Meet other parents in your area while you learn about techniques for reducing power struggles and positive parenting strategies to help your child learn healthy personal power.

Grown-Ups Need Time-Outs Too! Understanding and Handling Your Stress as a Parent

Do you ever feel tired or stressed out, but aren’t sure how to relax? Stress is a daily part of life for adults and children. This workshop helps you and your family gain a better understanding of the reasons for your stress and tactics to combat it. Connect with other parents in your area, while you learn about common stressors in the lives of parents and healthy coping skills you can use in your own life.

Who’s in Charge? Promoting Personal Power and Preventing Power Struggles

Personal power is all about inner strength and the ability to get our needs met in appropriate ways. But we are not born with this innate ability, and it’s up to parents to create an environment where children learn to use their personal power in a positive way. Meet other parents in your area while you learn about techniques for reducing power struggles and positive parenting strategies to help your child learn healthy personal power.

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