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.
Parents As Teachers
Parents as Teachers is a free, in-home program for expectant mothers and parents of children under age 5. The program is offered in Camden, Currituck, Gates and Pasquotank counties through Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families. Parents as Teachers is also offered to the Knotts Island Community through the Currituck County Schools.
Families who enroll in the program receive personal visits from a trained parent educator who can share information about child development and teach parents how to take advantage of specific ‘windows of opportunity,’ to enhance their child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
The visits include an activity for the parent and child to do together, along with suggestions for other activities and learning experiences. Visits from a parent educator are scheduled for two times each month.
The program includes free screenings for health and wellness, vision, hearing and normal development using “Ages and Stages.”
Father in Focus
This program, operated by the Choanoke Area Development Association, is designed to promote responsible fatherhood, strengthen families and enhance nurturing environments for children. Case management, community services, educational workshops and support services are available. The program is offered in Bertie County.
For more information call (252) 332-2692
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.
Safe Care Parenting
Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. (AACF) will implement an additional evidence based Parenting Support Program called SafeCare. SafeCare is an evidence-based, home visiting program, for parents of children 5 years old or younger who are at-risk for or have been involved with child neglect or neglect. SafeCare Providers work with families in their homes to improve parents skills in three areas: 1) Parent-infant/child interactions, 2) Home safety and 3) Child health care. SafeCare is a home-based program that promotes parent skill acquisition in the family’s natural environment for learning. It’s designed to be completed in 18 sessions (6 sessions per each of the 3 modules). The actual length of the program for each family will depend on the parent’s initial skills; the visit could be short or lengthy, but usually no more than one hour. AACF, SafeCare and The National SafeCare Research and Training Center (NSRTC) will work collaboratively to reach families and children that are at risk for child abuse, neglect and maltreatment. Services will include but may not be limited to (1) personal visits for each family (2) healthy and safety checks for all families enrolled in the programs and (3) referrals to community resources provided to families as needed. Services may be provided throughout the Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. five county region or in portions thereof, but not restricted to those counties only. There will be no more than two full time parent educators with the education and experience pertinent to serving the target populations for SafeCare. All staff will be SafeCare trained and certified and will implement the programs with model fidelity. The program will submit to SafeCare any reports as required by SafeCare, as well as recordings of the SafeCare sessions required for certification of all parent educators. Staff will engage in SafeCare Coaching as required by SafeCare and NSRTC. Smart Start funds may also be used to support incentives for eligible participants. Priority will be given to parents of children with SafeCare risk factors and families with open cases of abuse and neglect or substantiated cases of abuse and neglect. Staff may offer some additional parenting classes to parents outside of this program as well.
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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