WHO WE ARE
Thank you for your interest in Cornerstone Family Interventions, Inc. (CFI) and our programs: Parents As Teachers and the Boone and Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center (CAC).
What is Parents as Teachers?
Parents as Teachers is a strong evidence-based home visiting model providing a broad context of parenting education and family support, and building protective factors, especially for those families in vulnerable situations. At its core, Parents as Teachers is relationship-based and parenting-focused. Our approach and curriculum focus on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being; on strengths, capabilities and skills; and on building protective factors within the family. Parents as Teachers serves a range of families with high needs—not just first time parents, pregnant parents or teen parents—and offers services throughout the continuum from prenatal to kindergarten entry. This program is free to all West Virginia regardless of the familie 's income.
We are currently accepting referrals for familIes in Boone and Lincoln Counties. Referrals may be made by calling our office at 304 369-5283.
What is In-Home Family Education?
Parents As Teachers is an evidenced based In Home Family Education program. In-Home Family Education is a voluntary program providing parenting education and support to families with young children in their homes. These programs build "protective factors" which enable families to deal more successfully with whatever challenges arise. In-Home Family Education is a powerful strategy to promote positive childhood experiences; thereby reducing the need for more costly services.
What do In-Home Family Educators do?
In-Home Family Educators help parents understand their role as their child's first and most important teacher. They provide information and support in such areas as prenatal care, child health, early learning and literacy, and child development and behavior. They help connect families to resources in their community and help families stay together safely. This is done by emphasizing each family's strengths and helping them reach their goals.For more information, http://www.inhomefamilyed.com/
How much money do child abuse prevention prevention programs save?
For every $3 spent on prevention, we save at least $6 that might have been spent on child welfare services, special education services, medical care, foster care, counseling and housing juvenile offenders. Thus, for less than half the cost society currently spends treating and managing the consequences of child maltreatment, we could implement a comprehensive, voluntary system of home visitation to prevent child abuse and neglect. Home visitation services cost an average of $3,500 a year per family versus $10,000 for one year of foster care for one child. As a society, we must decide whether we will pay to prevent child abuse now or suffer greater financial and emotional costs later.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting put together a very compelling reason for why West Virginia needs to invest in early childhood education and programming.
Thanks to filmmaker John Nakashima, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and under-writer Catholic Charities, we have a new way to tell the story about what West Virginia kids and families face. Have you seen the new movie 1,000 Days, about child poverty in West Virginia?