Anger Management Classes

Develop skills that can help you gain better control of yourself and eliminate or minimize violent behavior.

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Positive Parenting Classes

Parenting classes open to the public! Completion certificates provided.

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Responsible Parenting

The research is clear: children thrive when they have involved parents-someone who knows and loves them, guides and helps them achieve their destiny...

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Healthy Start: Never Shake A Baby

This prevention program deals directly with one of the most serious forms of child abuse in children: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). The Family Center was asked by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Child Death Review Team to develop a hospital-based prevention program in 2002. That program has been funded by ADPH since then and is now offered at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. The program has been adopted by other hospitals in Mobile and Baldwin County.

The program’s main focus is the stress of a new baby and teaching parents how to calm a crying infant using Dr. Harvey Karp’s 5S method. Almost all babies are shaken because of uncontrollable crying. The program is offered in the patient’s room and she and her family are encouraged to take the 30-minute class in preparation for going home with their new child. The class ends with the 8-minute video “Portrait of Promise” which details the devastating effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome in three infants. Parents are asked to sign an affidavit stating that they have had the workshop and understand the dangers of shaking their child. They also promise to share the material with their infant’s caregivers.

New parents are invited to attend parenting classes and groups for new moms. Follow up calls are made one month after baby is born.

Positive Parenting Groups

Kids don’t come with a set of instructions! Fortunately, we can help. Our Thursday morning classes are a great place to pick up practical advice on child rearing. Classes cover everything from child development to stress and anger management with a healthy dose of good discipline thrown in. Classes are open to all, including foster parents, grandparents and day care workers. Graduates receive completion certificates for credit.

Free childcare is provided during classes. Call 251-479-5700 today to register for classes and childcare and get started with the most beneficial information you can learn about bringing up healthy children and staying calm while you do it! Your children will thank you for it.

These classes are funded  in part by the Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers are available to visit your group and discuss parenting or child abuse issues.

All programs are open to the public. Participants are screened for convictions of sexual abuse, and those with records are not allowed on The Family Center premises.