Parents and Children Together
Elwyn’s Parents and Children Together (PACT) program is for families in need of support to improve parenting skills. Through a combination of home visits and center-based education, Elwyn staff help parents learn how to use positive discipline and set age-appropriate expectations for their children. When necessary, parents are directed to other community resources for mental health, alcohol or drug counseling, housing, early intervention, and more.
This program is designed to reduce the risk of abuse or neglect of young children in families that are in stressful situations, to increase parents’ effectiveness in providing stimulation, discipline, and structure in a safe and nurturing environment, and to address parents’ self-esteem issues and their potential to overcome the effects of past abuse and neglect.
The Parents and Children Together program offers the opportunity to increase parent-child bonding and strengthen parent-child relationships, while maintaining the integrity of the family and preventing the necessity of out-of-home placement for children.
Who We Help
Parents of children (birth to 16 years of age) in the home who are at risk for abuse and/or neglect
Parents of children (birth to 16 years of age) who are trying to regain custody of their children
Parents with intellectual disabilities who have children (birth to 5 years of age) and who may need support services or specialized parental training
About the Programs
Through center-based and home-based training, parents are offered appropriate parenting skills through an individualized hands-on approach, combined with a presentation of common practices in child development and child rearing. Center-based instruction for all groups is once per week, with home-based instruction every other week, for thirteen to sixteen weeks. Breakfast and/or lunch and childcare are provided for center-based sessions.
A synopsis of the programs
For parents with children birth through 5 years of age. Once a week center-based instruction with bi-weekly home-based instruction. This group is conducted at both the Darby and Chester sites.
Training for parents with children 6 years to 16 years of age. Once a week center-based instruction. This group is conducted at the Chester PACT Program.
Training for parents under 20 years of age and their children. Once a week center-based instruction. This group is conducted at the Chester PACT Program.
Once a week instruction for parents in treatment and recovery of substance abuse. This group is conducted at the Darby PACT Program.
Parents with Intellectual Disabilities
In-depth evaluation of parenting strengths and needs as well as independent living skills training. Small group center-based training in parenting skills and life skills. Once a week center-based instruction with individual in-home sessions. This group is conducted at the Chester PACT Program.
Once a week center-based instruction for fathers. This group is conducted at the Chester and Darby PACT Programs.