Parent aides work with families and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) in strengthening and reunifying families. While these families are working to show that they can maintain a safe home and environment for their children, a parent aide helps the family primarily in two ways.
Parent aides facilitate supervised visits between parents and their children. Supervised visits occur for families to enjoy each other and maintain contact with one another while their case with DCS is being resolved.
Additionally, parent aides spend additional time each week providing parenting coaching one-on-one to the parents. Parent aides provide a range of support services, instruction and assistance to parents to improve their skills and ability to fulfill parenting roles and responsibilities. They provide help on a variety of topics, including:
- Age-appropriate child development
- Appropriate discipline and problem-solving techniques
- Life skills training
- Nutrition and meal planning
- Household management
- Community resources
- Employment consultation
- Drug/alcohol education
- Budgeting and managing finances
- Time management
- Healthy relationships
- Appropriate caregivers
This provides a fantastic opportunity for parent aides to invest in families—often when the families are in one of the hardest periods of their lives—and truly provide hope and care to hurting families and children.