New Beginnings Program
“What can I do to help my children?”
most mothers & fathers wonder.
The New Beginnings Program is an 11-session parenting education program held one night per week from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
Parents are trying to cope with the end of their relationship. Through their stress and emotional strain, they work to take care of their children’s needs lovingly.
Both children and adults are prone to sadness, crying, and dealing with feelings of loss and anxiety about an uncertain future.
Some children exhibit an increase in aggression, tantrums, or pout/sulk as they deal with the anger and anxiety parental separation can cause. Adolescents are at increased risk of early drug/alcohol use and sexual acting out.
Children often experience a decrease in the ability to concentrate. Absenteeism and arriving late complicate their learning and grades. Self-esteem can suffer.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS IT LIKE?
- Parents learn skills from a highly trained, Master’s level group leader and meet with other parents going through similar experiences.
- The program is 10 group meetings lasting 2 hours each, plus a 1-hour orientation session.
LEARN HOW TO
- Build stronger relationships with your children.
- Communicate more effectively with your children.
- Protect your children from being caught in the middle of arguments between you and your ex-partner.
- Use easy and effective discipline strategies.
ALL CRITERIA BELOW MUST BE MET TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE NEW BEGINNINGS PROGRAM:
- Parents have filed for divorce, modification of custody, or went to court to establish or change parenting agreements.
- Parents have at least one child between the ages of 3 and 18 with whom they spend three or more hours each week while the child is awake, or have one or more overnights every other week. (If there are unsubstantiated charges of abuse or neglect, parents would still be eligible for the program, as long as they have sufficient time with the child).
- The parents must agree to participate fully in all eleven (11) sessions and three phone calls.
- Parents are able to do the program in English.
- Parents are not being mandated to a parenting class by Child Protective Services or the Juvenile Court.
How Children Benefit
Fewer behavioral problems
Less early sexual activity
Less drug and alcohol abuse
How Parents Benefit
Better relationships with their children
More effective discipline
More fun being a parent
BOI sponsors the New Beginnings Program of parenting education for the Acadiana community. The New Beginnings Program is administered by Family Transitions: Programs that Work, LLC headquartered in Mesa, Arizona.
Phone: (337) 534-0325
Fax: (337) 534-0427
219 W. Brentwood Blvd. Lafayette, LA 70506
To eliminate harm to Acadiana's children due to parental conflict.