Strengthening Family Circles
Division of Indian Work's Strengthening Family Circles (SFC) program provides case management, home visits, support group meetings, anger management groups, supportive housing and family violence prevention services to teen and adult American Indian mothers, fathers and expectant parents.
Family Spirit is a peer educator program providing support for American Indian mothers and parents of children ages 3 and under. Families will learn information about how to have the healthiest pregnancy for them and their baby, how to be prepared for the birth of the baby, and get prepared for how the baby will impact their future. Along the way, families will learn about the different developmental stages their baby will go through and ways to keep them safe, healthy, and happy. Families will also learn how to parent their child in a confident way that works best for them and ensures the best start to their child’s life. While this program has a large focus on the baby, it also helps families adjust to the new life of being parents.
This program consists of regular home visits that can occur in the home or wherever the parents feel comfortable. The visits are weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or bi-monthly, depending on the age of the baby. The visits generally last one hour and will be using lessons from a curriculum called “Family Spirit.” This curriculum is an evidence-based and culturally-tailored home-visiting intervention that was designed, implemented, and rigorously evaluated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in partnership with the Navajo, White Mountain Apache, and San Carlos Apache Tribal communities since 1995.
In Home Parenting
In Home Parenting provides services to families addressing three phases of child protection: those who are at-risk of having a child protection complaint filed against them, those whose children are in temporary child protection custody, and those whose cases have advanced to child protection hearings. In Home Parenting consists of the following three programs:
Parent support outreach program
Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP) is a short term program that serves American Indian Families who are not currently involved in Child Protection by connecting them with resources that can help with housing, therapy, parenting help, employment, or any other needs. A PSOP worker will meet with the family regularly to develop goals and help remove barriers to achieving those goals. If interested in participating, please fill out the referral form for yourself or a client by going to the Hennepin County website and sending it in via email to PSOPnewreferrals@hennepin.us.
Family Assessment serves families who are in need of some in-home help. They are not quite child protection service level, but they have some serious red flags and are at risk of having CP cases opened.
Family & Parenting Development
Family & Parenting Development serve families who have active Child Protection cases and deal with ongoing issues of truancy, abuse, chemical dependency issues and violence.
Family Violence Prevention PROGRAM (FVPP)
Family Violence Prevention Program (FVP) works with individuals to end family violence through culturally-sensitive group and individual counseling in anger management and other areas. FVPP offers groups and resources including:
- Men’s Domestic Violence Program educates Native American men about their relationship to domestic violence and abuse, using a cultural lens perspective to learn about the complex dynamic of domestic violence starting with historical significance through current societal influence and oppressive existence.
- Women’s Domestic & Anger Management Program educates Native American women about their relationship to domestic violence and abuse, using a cultural lens perspective to learn about the complex dynamic of domestic violence starting with historical significance through current societal influence and oppressive existence.
Anpa Wasté is a traditional housing program for teen moms who identify as American Indian and their children. It offers housing and a variety of support services, including counseling and mentoring. The program runs for 2 years for each resident, as long as she follows the rules and requirements of the house. Long-term homelessness and/or income below the Hennepin County poverty line are often the circumstances faced by this program's residences. Family residence most often consists of one parent and children or unborn children. The Home Visitor works with each resident with their parenting and life skills, including managing health, wellness and finances. Requirements: must be 16-21 and either be pregnant or have 1 child.
To get on the wait list, contact the House Manager, Marie Armstrong at 612-279-6362
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