Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families offers a number of programs to support families raising young children. Below are some programs offered by Smart Start to help with the job of parenting.
Incredible Years is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problems and promote their social, emotional and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers and have been show to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups. This program has been a part of Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. since FY 2012-2013. The program has been offered in Gates County and is currently being offered in Camden, Currituck and Pasquotank as well.
This program provides services based on the Principles of Family Support Practices. It demonstrates a commitment to meaningful parent engagement and leadership opportunities as well as collaborative relationships with community partners in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. It implements primary and/or secondary prevention services and targets the populations that are considered most at risk of child abuse and neglect. Children and families are recruited voluntarily. Participants are inclusive of parents of children with special needs, parents with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities and members of underserved and underrepresented groups. This program also promotes one or more of the five protective factors linked to lower incidences of child abuse and neglect and provided a service or implements a program that demonstrates an acceptable level of evidence-based or evidence informed practice. It also uses outcome accountability and evaluation tools that demonstrate positive outcomes for children and families.
Circle of Parents
The Circle of Parents support group focus is parents with children with special needs. The group is parent-led and professionally facilitated. The support group focuses on Five Protective Factors: (1) Parental Resiliency, (2) Social Connections, (3) Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, (4) Concrete Support in the Time of Need, (5) Social and Emotional Competence of Children. Circle of Parents provides a friendly and supportive environment for families to connect with other parents that have children with special needs. Participants form relationships, build leadership skills, learn how to advocate for their child, connect to resources and parent in a positive way. This program has been a part of Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. since 2011. Circle of Parents is offered in Pasquotank and Gates Counties. Please call (252) 333-1233 for more information.
How You Can Help.
There are countless ways to get involved with our organization. If you’re the type that likes to see the fruits of your labor, check out our volunteer opportunities where you can directly affect those we serve. We also appreciate those that may not have the time but have the wherewithal to make a difference financially. If you’re interested in seeing what’s going on, visit our calendar of events.
What people are Saying about AACF
“Thank God you did this for us…”
Albemarle Alliance had a safety day and the fire department, police department, the Elks club and other sponsors were doing a carseat give away. This could not have come at a more perfect time. My man lost his job in April and was wrongfully denied unemployment while he looked for a job. My daughter turns 2 on the 22nd and desperately needed to upgrade her carseat. It's hard to do with NO MONEY. Thank God you did this for us and many other families. I'm gonna speak for everyone and say thank you to everyone involved. And a big thank you to Faith for informing our support group for my family's needs being met.
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“…an Amazing program…”
I have been taking the incredible years program with Kathy and Jennifer, we are on week 9 I believe. I am so sad to know that we are half way done. It's an amazing program with wonderful teachers, they always remember what we (the class) have had issues with the previous week and ask, how it's coming along. They give us amazing advice or ways to handle different situations. They make you think, which is good.
The group discussion have been a blessing as well, I have met amazing local parents who I can lean on for support. I know we will be friends long after the program is over.
Thank you for the wonderful program and the teachers. I recommend anyone who is thinking about taking the program, should. It's been so helpful! The way I parent my 2.5 year old and my 4 month old have completely changed (for the better).
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“Our Family LOVES the programs…”
Our entire family LOVES the programs of AACF! We have been impressed by the facilitator at workshops and we absolutely ADORE Jenna with Parents As Teachers!
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“…a great resource…”
I would advise first time moms especially to contact this wonderful organization. They are a great resource and have lots of great information for all parents!!!
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“…they offer many programs…”
Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families has helped me in a couple ways...first they offer many programs such as Safecare which I love. Also they offer free car seats for kids which so awesome... Before this year I had no idea AACF existed.
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“A Wonderful Organization!”
I cannot thank Jenna and Angie enough! A wonderful organization!
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