FAMILY & PARENTING SERVICES
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
A project of the Alabama Healthy Marriage & Relationship Education Initiative, TOP offers classes to youth and couples. The initiative is an applied research project to build and sustain healthy relationships through Alabama.
Interested in joining one of our free classes for couples? Email email@example.com for more information!
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 an 8-week paid career academy course that focuses on higher wage employment, improved job satisfaction & retention, and professional certifications to improve financial support for their child(ren). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional program information.
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.
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.
FAMILY INTENSIVE SERVICES
FIS is an intensive, short term, crisis intervention program that provides supportive in-home services designed to prevent the removal of children from their homes in Tuscaloosa County. The program also provides assistance to families where reunification services are needed.
HEALTHY FAMILIES TUSCALOOSA*
An affiliate of Healthy Families America, Healthy Families Tuscaloosa (HFT) enrolls families prenatally up to two months of age. The program supports families through the first five years of age with developmental education and supportive services through home visitation. If you are interested in more information about the program, please email email@example.com
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 TO 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 ADVISORY COUNCIL
In partnership with schools, DHR, child care facilities, local housing authorities, and parents, the Parent Advisory Council meets quarterly to discuss local family needs and collaborates on services to meet those needs. Partners share resources and work to support one another and our families. Interested in joining the Parent Advisory Council? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
TOP offers multi-tiered after school programs in area elementary and middle schools. Participants receive two hours of academic and social enrichment three to five days a week. Programs are designed to improve student attendance, academic outcomes, and serve families with ongoing case management services. Additionally, summer programs are implemented at each school.
** Programs are supported through 21st Century Community Learning Centers
EXPANDED LEARNING PROGRAMS*
Expanded Learning Programs launched in the Summer of 2021 as a school-based program using teachers from the Alabama Virtual Institute and Team Talladega to provide virtual STEM learning throughout the state. Programs include a wide array of enrichment activities, including Alabama Blues Project, Science Dynamic Education, school-based gardening, etc. TOP operates programs at the following schools:
University Charter School | Livingston, AL
Greensboro Elementary School | Greensboro, AL
Holt Elementary School | Tuscaloosa, AL
Cottondale Elementary School | Cottondale, AL
SCHOOL-BASED SOCIAL WORK
To meet the growing needs of students in schools, TOP partners with the Tuscaloosa County School System, Tuscaloosa City Schools, Hale County School System, and Demopolis City Schools to place social workers in area schools. Social work staff are tasked with helping to address students’ mental health needs and social/emotional development.
*Denotes programs made possible by funding through the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.
TEEN INTERVENTION & SUPPORT
TUSCALOOSA ENCOURAGING ADOLESCENTS WITH MONITORING AND SUPPORT (TEAMS)
The TEAMS program seeks to reduce the number of juveniles being committed to the Department of Youth Services and the Tuscaloosa County Detention Center. Youth receive electronic monitoring in addition to intensive case management services designed to strengthen the family unit as a whole and allow youth to safely exit the system in a timely manner.
JUVENILE DETENTION ALTERNATIVES INITIATIVE (JDAI)
JDAI was designed to support the Casey Foundation’s vision that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop into productive adults. JDAI promotes changes to policies, practices, and programs in order to reduce reliance on secure confinement, improve public safety, reduce racial disparities, save taxpayer dollars, and stimulate overall juvenile justice reforms.
CHAMPIONING SUCCESSFUL FUTURES
Championing Successful Futures (CSF) is a prevention-based program designed for both parents and youth. Clients work with a case manager to build an individual plan and learn from two proven curricula how to reduce difficult behaviors in teens and improve parent confidence. For more information about CSF, email email@example.com.
WORKFORCE & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
In partnership with ANFRC, TANF, and A-RESET, clients are eligible to enhance their job readiness skills and obtain credentials that will improve workforce opportunities and outcomes. For workforce development information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOP offers one-on-one consultation in times of crisis or emergency needs. Our intake process strives to offer holistic services to all clients to match their needs with possible resources and services. Intake assessments are available from 8-12 M-F. Please email email@example.com for intake questions or information.
DOING WHAT MATTERS FOR ALABAMA'S CHILDREN
Tuscaloosa's Promise, in partnership with Challenge 21 and the Children's Policy Council, hosts Doing What Matters for Alabama's Children. Doing What Matters is a community forum focused on fulfilling five promises to all children: a safe place after school, a caring adult, a healthy start, the opportunity to give back, and an effective education. For more information, please contact Kalissa at 205.462.1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLACK WARRIOR BREWING CHILI COOKOFF
Each year, Black Warrior Brewing Company hosts a chili cookoff benefitting TOP! Over a dozen competitors bring their home-cooked chili for the community to sample and enjoy.
Follow Black Warrior Brewing on Facebook for announcements!
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
TOP works year round to prevent child abuse and neglect. Each April is a month-long celebration bringing awareness to the simple but meaningful steps we can all take to prevent child abuse and neglect.
For the most up-to-date CAP Month events, follow our social media channels.
FATHERS IN THE PARK
Fathers in the Park offers a free day of family engagement each June.
Celebrating the role of fathers in families, Fathers in the Park is a free event for every family! Complete with bounce houses, food, activities and more!
The Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition was formed to provide backpacks and school supplies to students with the most need in Tuscaloosa City and County Schools.
TOP is proud to partner and support their project! For more information on donating supplies or sponsoring a child, email email@example.com
Help TOP make the holidays merry and bright in Tuscaloosa. Through the Holiday Heart campaign, TOP helps ensure that the families served throughout the year are able to celebrate. Organizations and individuals can help by adopting a family, donating clothes and toys, or monetary donations. For more information, please contact Kelsie at 205.462.1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, Tinsel Trail lights up our city with a display of 200 live Christmas trees! Intended to attract visitors to Tuscaloosa and complement Holidays on the Plaza, each tree is sponsored and decorated by a local business, organization, group or individual. Trees are on display in the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa at Government Plaza from mid-November to January. There is no cost to walk the Trail. Learn more about Tinsel Trail at www.ttowntinsel.com.