Birth to Five
SPIRITT is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our youngest members of society, their siblings and caregivers through our CARINO Partnerships for Families (PFF) Program and the Healthy Family America (HFA). Our Birth to Five course offerings are designed to prevent child abuse by addressing gaps in the current child welfare system. Voluntary prevention services developed by PFF are offered to pregnant women and families with children 5 and younger who are at high risk for child maltreatment. Each of Los Angeles County's Service Planning Areas (SPAs) are served by PFF, which collaborates with other organizations to improve outcomes at the agency, family and community levels.
Who is served by this program?
First 5 LA was created to improve the quality of life for children from the prenatal stage through age 5, therefore the Partnerships for Families Initiative targets two specific populations:
Pregnant women who have the following risk factors for child maltreatment:
- Domestic violence
- Substance abuse
High-risk families referred to PFF by the Department of Children and Family Services who meet the following criteria:
- The household includes one or more children ages 5 or younger
- The family is classified as high or very high risk on the Structured Decision-Making Tool (SDM), a system used to assess risk of potential child abuse and neglect
- What kinds of services are provided?
- PFF is investing approximately $70 million to provide in-home case management and counseling, goods and services related to the safety of a home, intensive services for special needs, family support including access to early care and education, and referrals to auxiliary community support.
These services not only address existing risk factors, but also enhance the effectiveness of tools and strategies to prevent child abuse, including:
- Removing barriers that hinder access to services and supports
- Enhancing parents' ability to support the development of their children
- Creating environments for parents and children to positively interact and learn from one another
- Providing emergency assistance for immediate family needs
- Offering ongoing opportunities for positive connections between families, social service providers and communities
- Enabling families, providers and residents of targeted neighborhoods to use lessons they've learned in their day-to-day interactions with each other
Fathers are vital to a healthy childhood. This program is geared to strengthen Fatherhood involvement. Studies show that children without fathers in their lives are more likely to live in poverty, use drugs, drop out of school, develop emotional and behavioral problems, and be incarcerated. So, the presence of participating nurturing fathers has a profound impact children’s health and well-being.
Windows Family Communication
The WINDOWS Family Communication Program brings families together for the purpose of learning how to resolve family conflicts in a manner that promotes respect for all family members. WINDOWS is offered in seven consecutive week sessions for parents, adolescents (10-17) and their siblings (10 years and older). Class sizes are small with approximately 10 families participating in interactive lectures, role-playing activities, skills practice and break-out group discussion, to name a few activities.
Originally developed in 1972 with a federal grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), this program been acknowledged at both the state and national levels for its effectiveness in improving family bonding and communication, and preventing substance abuse and mental health disorders in youth. This program has evolved over the years to the growing needs of local families in eastern Los Angeles County.
The WINDOWS Family Communication Program is offered free to local families thanks to the generous support from The Rose Hills Foundation and Kaiser Permanente – Baldwin Park Medical Center.