The School-Based Family Support Program of Catholic Charities receives funding from various grants, the House of Charity, and private fees. The program provides services primarily to the Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Camden. Services include the following: Click on the links below to learn more on each subject.
Identification of at-risk students
Consultation with parents/caregivers
Information and referral for community agencies
Crisis intervention and debriefing
Consultation with and training of educators
Gang Awareness And Prevention
Bullying prevention and intervention
Small group work and classroom presentations
Support services to immigrant and refugee students
In today’s world children encounter a significant amount of stress. Some youngsters face challenges related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Some children live with single parents who are unemployed while others have a parent who works multiple jobs trying to provide for their families. Some youngsters live with and observe a parent or caregiver who experiences problems with substance abuse. Other children unfortunately experience or witness violence such as domestic violence or community violence in their neighborhoods. All of these situations can and often do impact on the child’s emotional wellbeing including their ability to focus on and complete their school work, relate well with peers and adults, and control impulses.
Some studies estimate that between and 5% and 21% of students experience some signs or symptoms of a mental health related issue such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, it can be difficult for concerned parents and caregivers to obtain assistance for their children. When families search for social services and mental health assistance in the community, they often encounter significant obstacles.
Children who attend a school that has contracted with the School Based Family support Program for services are eligible for services which are available then at the school. The licensed social workers and counselors employed by the program also conduct home visits if this is needed or meet with families at our office and they have flexible hours. This makes accessing services easier for students and their families. The School Based Family Support staff members also facilitate collaboration between school staff and parents/caregivers. In most cases, there is no cost to the family for services.
The School-Based Family Support Program of Catholic Charities receives funding from various grants, the House of Charity, and private fees. The program provides services primarily to the Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Camden. Faculty Training and In-Service Education
The School Based Family Support Program also provides bullying intervention consultation to parents of students attending private or public schools when there is a concern that their child is being bullied and teacher in-service training on topics such as building relationships with students and families, bullying prevention, conflict resolution, ADHD in the classroom, and behavior management.
For more information on the SBFS Program please read the informational flyer below.
School Based Family Support Program Brochure (723.55 kB)
For more information on the Catholic Charities School Based Family Support Program, contact Cheryl Dunican-Hein.
A NOTE TO PARENTS:
If you would like to know if your child's school participates in the SBFS program, either contact your principal or call Cheryl Dunican-Hein
A NOTE TO SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS:
If you are interested in obtaining more information about the School Based Family Support program, please click here to request more information. Faculty Training and In-Service Education