Program Overview

The CARES (Caregiving Attitudes Reinforced by Education & Support) program is designed to offer education and support to caregivers in order to provide networking and support systems through shared peer partnerships. With support from experienced parent liaisons and KidsTLC professionals, families are given opportunities to seek guidance, discuss personal experiences, share parenting approaches, and benefit from materials presented each week. Caregivers may also wish to privately discuss emotional and behavioral issues related to their children and families within a safe and confidential forum.

Values

Shared leadership — The CARES group belongs to the participants who attend. Caregivers partner with a trained group facilitator and parent leader to define the group goals, model healthy relationships, determine the meeting agenda, and ensure meetings occur on a consistent basis.

Free of charge — Groups are offered as part of the KidsTLC Autism Program at no additional cost to participants.

Ongoing support — The group facilitator, parent leader, and other group members are available to one another between group meetings.

Facilitate a sense of trust — Group members are assured of confidentiality in a non-judgmental environment within the limits of the law.

Expand knowledge of community resources — Community resource information that supports healthy family development is available to all group members.

Respect — Participants and group facilitators honor the needs of each other, providing enough time for each participant’s input, respecting cultural traditions and values.

Promote safety — Participants will collaborate to learn and practice non-violent methods for relating to one another and parenting. Violence and coercion at any level is an unacceptable form of problem-solving.

Accountability — Participants will invite one another to take ownership for the above-mentioned values. Should any participant feel he/she has been discriminated against, he/she will have the right to file a formal grievance in order to reach a satisfactory resolution to his/her issue.

Meeting Info

WHERE
Kelly Training Room
620 S. Rogers Road
Olathe, KS 66062

WHEN
Every other Monday 5:30–7:00 p.m.

CONTACTS
Molly Pomeroy, Autism Facilitator
(913) 324-3849
mpomeroy@kidstlc.org

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