Community Based Strategies
As an organization Brown County United Way is focused on the areas of Education, Health, Self-Sufficiency, and Community Connectivity – the building blocks for a good life. As part of this work, United Way is a driving force of support behind several vital community change strategies:
- The Community Partnership for Children (CPC)
A prenatal to age five initiative launched in 2005 that involves more than 40 organizations working collaboratively to ensure our children are safe, healthy, and ready for kindergarten. The CPC is viewed as a state model, and as such, United Way has mentored several other communities to form similar partnerships.
- The Brown County Child Abuse and Neglect Initiative
The Brown County Child Abuse & Neglect (CAN) Initiative is coordinated by Brown County United Way and Brown County Human Services. The initiative’s goal is that all children and youth in our community will live and thrive in safe, nurturing environments. The initiative’s objectives are to decrease, and ultimately prevent, child maltreatment over the long term in Brown County through the coordinated deployment of effective prevention, intervention and remediation strategies, supported by a skilled and knowledgeable network of human service professionals, families and the community at large. Click here to read the Community Plan and see what’s in store.
Three action teams are currently working on these strategies: Systems Development, Family Engagement and Community Trainings & Tools.
The purpose of the Family Engagement Team, a subcommittee under the initiative, is to build a cooperative and collaborative network of parent support systems for all families through community organized gatherings that focus on the protective factors to strengthen the family unit.
Parent Cafés are a vehicle for parents to have their own conversations about keeping their families strong based on a set of Protective Factors that help prevent child abuse and neglect. Parent Cafés are gatherings where parents participate actively in guided, open conversations about questions that really matter to them. The Protective Factors are:
Knowledge of parenting and child development
Concrete support in times of need
Social and Emotional competence of children
The Parent Café Model was developed by the Illinois Department of Children and Families as a tool to engage families in the Strengthening Families, Protective Factors Framework.
The Family Engagement Team is now issuing Requests for Proposals from local tax exempt human service agencies who wish to implement the Parent Café Model.
Click on the link below to access the online application form:
- Achieve Brown County