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Catholic Charities’ Programs Serving Families

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Raising a child with emotional or mental health challenges can be difficult.  To help families better cope Catholic Charities of Oswego County offers two programs that provide support to both parents and siblings, Family Education and Partnership and Family Support Services.

Families in Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Family Education and Partnership program and Family Support Services recently gathered for a bowling party at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. The outing was one of the many activities and groups that the program offers to help families network with each other and develop a support system. The FEP offers support and information to parents, caregivers, and siblings of children and adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis.
Families in Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Family Education and Partnership program and Family Support Services recently gathered for a bowling party at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. The outing was one of the many activities and groups that the program offers to help families network with each other and develop a support system. The FEP offers support and information to parents, caregivers, and siblings of children and adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis.

Both of these programs offer information and education that allows parents, caregivers, and family members to develop the skills necessary to develop strong family relationships and effectively meet the challenges they face.  Catholic Charities’ Family Education and Partnership program offers a number of resources including educational sessions, skill building exercises, guest speakers and activity nights.

Program supervisor Gail Cooper said that while the Family Education and Partnership program focuses on reducing the stress on families by supporting and empowering parents, caregivers, and families, it offers much more than information and access to resources.

“The personal touch that the Family Education and Partnership provides is what makes the program so effective. Family activity nights and group meetings offer parents, caregivers, and siblings the opportunity to meet other families who share the same concerns and discuss their experiences. It’s an important part of the program as it may be the only chance that families with children or adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis have to network with each other,” said Cooper.

Working primarily in the home with whole family units, Catholic Charities’ Family Support Services strives to improve families living environment by strengthening family relationships and assisting in the development of an outside support system.

Education groups that utilize a strength-based approach to provide parents and caregivers with the tools they need to function as a healthy family unit compliment the program.

“These programs are an invaluable resource to dozens of families. The support and knowledge that that they provide is helping to develop stronger and healthier families throughout Oswego County,” added Cooper.

For information on Catholic Charities Family Support Services or Family Education Partnership program, contact Gail Cooper or LouAnn Collins-Warren at 315-598-3980, or visit www.ccoswego.com

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.