Fuse: Relationship & Marriage Education
Fuse offers healthy relationship classes for adolescents, premarital individuals and couples, coparents, stepfamilies, and married couples. Fuse is one of several programs affiliated with the Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative (AHMREI). AHMREI is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Family Assistance. The initiative is an applied research project to build and sustain healthy relationships and stable marriages throughout Alabama. It is implemented through a partnership between Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs and family resource centers around the state.
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Safe Sleeping Initiatives
TOP offers two new initiatives to promote safe sleeping in infants and reduce SIDS/SUID: The Baby Box and Cribs for Kids.
Internationally recognized Baby Boxes are credited with helping Finland achieve one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world, notably when coupled with education, healthcare and community-building components. If you are a new or expecting parent interested in receiving a free Baby Box from TOP, visit www.babyboxuniversity.com, complete all modules, and bring your certificate of completion to TOP.
Cribs for Kids offers an hour long safe sleeping course after which participants receive a free pack and play. For information on upcoming courses, please contact Vadonna at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 205.462.1000.
Baby Box and Cribs for Kids recipients do not have to be TOP clients to receive these services.
No Place Like Home*
No Place Like Home (NPLH) provides family specific services through monthly home visiting that improves or enhances parenting skills that reduce risk factors while increasing protective factors. The program goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families and empower them to become self-sufficient.
Families First is an intensive visitation program that offers specialized services to at-risk families involved with the Department of Human Resources Foster Care Unit. Families may be intact or separated due to abuse or neglect. The program goal is to assist the family in progressing towards reunification.
The Parent Project
Parent Project is an intensive 8-10 week behavior modification program for strong-willed teens and their parents which targets destructive adolescent behavior. The program is nationally accredited and provides detailed ways to effectively manage difficult teen behavior.
Parent 2 Parent
Parent to Parent is a four week parenting program with two-hour sessions that occur one evening per week. Sessions are designed to develop strong, healthy families; promote positive parenting; teach basic child development; and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Parent Cafes are a series of guided conversations for sharing, learning, and developing social connections which affect family well-being. Sessions provide participants opportunities to share experiences and concerns in a more casual and less threatening format.
Parent Leadership Network
Parent Leadership Network is a network of parents developed to build skills necessary to advocate for young children ages 0-5 in their neighborhoods, communities, and state. The network promotes opportunities for parents to contribute voices to decisions that affect children, families, and the community.
TOP partners with the University of Alabama Child Development Resources Baby TALK program by conducting visits to new moms at Druid City Hospital (DCH) Tuscaloosa Obstetrics Unit. Information is shared on brain development and early literacy as well as additional parenting support provided by TOP.
Changing Habits and Making Parents Stronger (CHAMPS)*
Because Every Child Needs a Champion
CHAMPS is designed to help non-custodial parents establish and strengthen positive parental interaction by providing activities that develop and improve parenting skills, healthy relationship skills, and economic stability. The program also provides workforce development and other employment services to link parents to jobs so they can pay child support.
Intensive In-Home Services (IIHS)
IIHS is an intensive, short term, crisis intervention program that provides supportive in-home services designed to prevent the removal of children from their homes. The program also provides assistance to families where reunification services are needed. The IIHS program serves a six county area which includes Tuscaloosa, Greene, Hale, Pickens, Bibb and Sumter counties.
*Denotes programs made possible by funding through the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.