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Family LInks



Family links takes a two-pronged approach in assisting family development. First, Family Links provides parenting classes and family counseling to individuals dealing with issues such as: parenting, divorce, domestic violence, child abuse and substance abuse. All parents participating in educational services, whether in-home or in the classroom, receive instruction in the ages and stages of child development. Emphasis is placed on being the first teacher for their children and on understanding the importance of early childhood development. Licensed counselors will work with the families. Some of the classes offered consist of:

1. Child Development, which focuses on the healthy development of children through the promotion and enhancement of parents’ involvement.

2. Counseling which include the assessment and treatment for individuals struggling with the challenges that face them in our increasingly complex society.

3. Parent Education Classes, which assist parents in learning skills and techniques to promote positive parenting.

4. Parenting Support Groups, which consist of self-help, parent groups focusing on mutual support and strengthening family communication and resiliency. Secondly, Family Links provides educational classes, which focus primarily on issues pertaining to reproductive and sexual health needs of young people in the community.

Key issues identified include:

1. Unprotected sexual intercourse

2. Sexual abuse, exploitation and violence against children

3. Inadequate social support from the community at large, including parents,

    Schoolteachers, health-care providers and religious leaders

4. Young people’s lack of knowledge about their sexuality

In designing appropriate interventions, it should be noted that there is no single and right approach to adolescent health service delivery, and several complimentary approaches will be considered. The proposed interventions are:

 1. Involving youth directly in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating youth-

    related projects and programs

2. Equipping young people with pertinent skills to enhance their capacities to

    communicate and make decisions

3. Training service providers, teachers, parents, the media and policy makers in dealing

    with youth

4. Developing relevant sex education programs