Family Education Program to host Family Fun Day

Fulton, NY – Families who have a child with a metal health diagnosis are invited to attend a special Family Fun Day on Aug. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. at Foster Park in Fulton.

Hosted by Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Family Education and Partnerships and Family Support Services programs, the Family Fun Day offers families who have a child with a mental health diagnosis an afternoon of games and activities for the whole family.  Families will also have the opportunity to learn more about the programs and how they may enhance the quality of themselves and their children.

“Our staff will be there to welcome families, make them feel comfortable and answer any questions they may have regarding either the Family Education Partnerships or Family Support Services programs” said Gail Cooper, supervisor of the Family Education Partnerships program. “There will be plenty to do and lunch will be provided.”

Available to families that have a child or children who have been diagnosed with emotional or mental health disturbances, the programs offer support and information to parents, caregivers, and siblings and assists them in developing strong family relationships and establishing an outside support system.

Additionally, both the Family Education Partnerships and Family Support Services programs provide families with a number of resources such as educational sessions, and skill building exercises designed to reduce stress through support and empowerment.

“These programs do much more than provide information and access to resources,” added Cooper. “The personal touch that the Family Education and Partnership and Family Support Services programs provide is what makes them so effective.  The family activity events and group meetings offered through the Family Education and Partnerships program provides 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.”

The Family Support Services program, which is done primarily in the home, includes education groups and offers strength based approach that provides parents and caregivers the tools they need to function as a strong, healthy family unit.

Families with a child or children with a metal health diagnosis are invited to attend the event.

For more information on the Family Fun Day, or to register to attend, which is required, contact LouAnn Collins-Warren at 315-598-3980, ext. 227.

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.