Strengthening Families

Diverse support group

Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based prevention program for parents and children ages 3-5, 6-11 and 12-16 who would benefit from additional support to promote positive behavior change. SFP consists of parenting skills, children's life skills, and family skills training courses taught together in fourteen sessions.  

Each week begins with a family meal that includes informal family practice time and group leader coaching.  Program content is based on three main themes/learning objectives including communication, connecting & limit setting. 

Parents learn

  • to increase desired behaviors in children by using attention and rewards 
  • clear communication 
  • effective discipline 
  • substance use education 
  • problem solving 
  • limit setting 

Children learn

  • effective communication 
  • understanding feelings 
  • coping with anger and criticism 
  • stress management 
  • social skills 
  • problem solving 
  • resisting peer pressure 
  • consequences of substance use 
  • compliance with parental rules  

SFP in Johnson County

Locally we have a variety of partners in creating and sustaining SFP. 

Agencies

Faith Partners

  • First Baptist Church of Overland Park 
  • Overland Park Church of the Nazarene 
  • First Baptist Church of Gardner 
  • Faith Journey Church 
  • Pathway Community Church 
  • Christ the Servant 
  • Redemption Church 
  • Heartland Community Church 
  • Christ Community Church 
  • First Presbyterian Church of Gardner 
  • First Light Church 
  • Fellowship Bible Church 
  • Lenexa United Methodist Church 

Opportunities to Get Involved 

For more information on how to get involved, contact Megan Clark, community prevention coordinator, or call 913-715-7880

For more information, you can visit strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org

Site hosts

  • Provide a physical location to host SFP for 14 weeks
  • Help with set up/clean up
  • Large space for eating/family time (tables & chairs)
  • Different classrooms for breakout groups including classroom style set up with tables and chairs (Number of rooms depends on how many age groups a cohort has. Minimum of two rooms)
  • Space to serve food (a kitchen is very helpful, but not required)
  • Basic kitchen utensils (helpful, but not required)
  • Access to bathrooms
  • A place to store 1-2 bins of craft supplies, etc.
  • Access to the building by 5pm and someone to lock up afterwards (around 9:30pm)
  • List of things the church wants to be put away at the end of the night
  • Accessible parking
  • Childcare room, if needed 

Facilitators

  • Have an interest or experience working with children and families
  • Facilitate, with a partner, weekly group sessions with either parents, teens, or children
  • Attend SFP training (Date TBD)
  • Facilitate, with a partner, family group sessions for 3 or 4 weeks of the session
  • Attend planning meetings as needed
  • Attend weekly follow up meeting for 30 min after the program each night
  • Submit to background check

Site coordinators

  • All Site Coordinators must be wiling to attend weekly follow up meeting for 30 minutes after each weekly session
  • Attend planning sessions
  • Here’s a list of some of the Site Coordinator responsibilities:
    • Individual coordinates overall logistics of SFP
    • Coordination of Church Calendar and Facility Needs
    • Childcare Coordination & Scheduling
    • Meal Coordination & Scheduling
    • Facilitator & Curriculum Coordination
    • Communicating with Families
    • Coordinate Thank You Notes
    • Coordinate Incentives Program
    • Graduation
    • Coordinate Family Sessions
    • Evaluations

Donating a meal

  • Typically meals provided include a main dish, a couple of sides(including a vegetable) and a dessert and serve approximately 50-70 people
  • Approximately $250 is adequate to cover one meal

Monetary donation

  • Meals
  • Incentives
  • Graduation
  • Items for families