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Examples of how the Community Partnership for Children is making a difference in the lives of real families in Brown County.

*Some names have been changed.

  • Julie’s Story

    Julie was a first-time mother. Being a new parent can be challenging for anyone, but Julie had more to overcome than interrupted sleep or learning to change diapers. Not only was she legally blind, she was also new to the area and had little support. To make matters worse, she no longer had eyeglasses and could not purchase new ones.

    When a CPC Family Resource Specialist stopped by her hospital room, Julie opened up about her poor eyesight – a clear risk factor for the proper care of her newborn. By leveraging partnerships with area service providers, the CPC Family Resource Specialist was able to quickly access resources and get help for Julie. Before leaving the hospital, Julie received a grant from the Lions Club to purchase new glasses. Because Julie could not drive, the CPC Family Resource Specialist arranged transportation to a local eyeglass specialist, where she was tested and fitted for glasses within an hour. For the first time, she was able to see her baby’s face.

    Upon leaving the hospital Julie received follow-up visits from CPC home visitors who determined she needed basic necessities like diapers and other baby supplies. Without the CPC Family Resource Specialist, it’s hard to say what would have happened to Julie and her newborn. But with assistance and individual attention, Julie’s baby was given the opportunity for success at the very start of life.

  • A Family Story

    A CPC Family Resource Specialist met mom, baby and dad at the hospital. Concerns about domestic violence became clear during the Welcome Baby Visit. The CPC Family Resource Specialist was careful about boundaries, questions and safety while establishing a great connection with the mother. The parents agreed to enroll in a home visiting program, but before the process began, mom called the CPC Family Resource Specialist saying that the dad was going to kill her. He tried to choke her, and also threatened to kill her if she called the police. Instead, she called the CPC Family Resource Specialist, knowing there would be an obligation to report the crisis to the police. Police arrested the father and found that he had the makings of a meth lab in the trunk of his car. Dad remains in jail, while mom and baby are safe from him.

  • Andy and Gabriela’s Story

    Andy and Gabriela were thrilled to become parents for the first time. They read all the books, took all the classes, had the baby showers. They were ready, but like many people in our community, although they always paid their bills, they only had “just enough.” Andy lost his job just a few weeks before the baby was born. He and Gabriela were suddenly very stressed about the upcoming birth, which had up until that point only brought joy.

    A CPC Family Resource Specialist met them in the hospital for a routine Welcome Baby Visit. After just a few minutes of talking, the specialist knew she needed to help them get connected to resources like W-2, BadgerCare and WIC. Andy and Gabriela had support from family and friends, but navigating the road for these services was unfamiliar territory for them. After Gabriela and the baby were discharged from the hospital, the CPC worker followed up with them for the next few weeks to assure they were connected to the resources and support system that were so new to them.

  • Carrie’s Story

    Carrie, a teacher, gave birth to her first baby and received a Welcome Baby Visit. She was aware of signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, and understood the demands a newborn brings. She asked the CPC Family Resource Specialist about finding quality childcare. A local childcare information and referral agency provided her with a packet of information and prepared to see the new family.

    Before the Family Resource Specialist left, Carrie commented, “It’s good you talk to everyone about postpartum depression… even though I feel as though I understand it, I’m glad you also explained it to my husband. He needed to hear about it.”

  • Josh and Maria’s Story

    Josh and Maria began working with the CPC right after the birth of their daughter. They were both still in high school at the time, on their own and afraid, but determined to stay together and be good parents.

    They first met their Family Support Worker in the hospital when our daughter was born. “She put us at ease immediately,” Maria said. “She asked us questions about our background and living situation and gave us information about how the program could help.”

    “We didn’t have much at the time,” she continued. “We both needed to finish high school, and we didn’t have a car. We didn’t know how to raise a baby and realized we needed help.”

    In addition to their existing challenges, their baby was born five weeks premature. During those first weeks of uncertainty, the Family Support Worker was there to reassure the young couple that they could succeed.

    Because they didn’t have a car, the worker assisted Maria with getting the baby to her appointments and check-ups. Josh rode his bike to work for two years, even through the cold and snow in winter, as he worked two jobs to help make ends meet.

    The Family Support Worker visited them weekly to share parenting tips and lend support. “It was hard at first, because we were working and going to school,” Maria said. “But she helped us set goals we could achieve. We looked forward to seeing her as she always had a word of encouragement for us. She always had helpful information about our daughter’s development to ensure she was on track at every age.”

    This young family accomplished a lot in three years. They found a safe place to live, finished high school, saved up to buy a car, improved their jobs, and their daughter is meeting every developmental milestone. “We have a come a long way,” Maria said. “And we owe a lot of that to the program.”

  • Liam’s Story

    Liam was referred to the CPC through a Guardian ad Litem who heard good things about our home visiting program. Liam’s daughter was just 18 months old and he was seeking routine parental visitation with her.

    Because both Liam and the mother had special needs, Liam needed parent education before having unsupervised visits with his child. For a number of weeks a Parent Educator met with him at his apartment to talk about child-proofing his home, resources he would need and developmental information pertaining to his daughter’s age. Because Liam had not previously had contact with his daughter, the Parent Educator discussed the importance of a secure attachment and ways that he could encourage the bond between father and daughter. We talked about his parental visits, which were held at a family center twice a week. He was extremely eager to learn to be a good parent.

    Soon the parental visits were switched to his apartment where our Parent Educator interacted with father and child. They played, talked, observed and problem-solved along the way. Liam learned about the significance of nurturing children and how they will thrive with lots of love and attention. He started attending parenting classes as well.

    Eventually the Parent Educator was summoned to court to make statements about Liam’s ability to have unsupervised overnight visits with his daughter, which were approved. Liam is so happy to be in his daughter’s life!

  • Denise’s Story

    Denise, a single mother of two in an abusive relationship, sought help in learning how to care for her children after being referred through the CPC initiative. Upon arriving for the first home visit, a Parent Educator was met at the door by a slight woman with very sad eyes. Denise was living in an abusive relationship that had resulted in bruises, black eyes and a chipped baby carrier. After living in fear and unhappiness for several months, she packed all of the belongings that she could carry in her car and came to us for help and guidance. She had been unable to acquire housing assistance on her own because of past domestic abuse issues.

    Denise’s second child was still a baby. She and her children were previously staying at the local domestic abuse shelter and then moved back in with the father, hoping things would “get better and be different.” The Parent Educator met with her on a biweekly basis and encouraged her to call whenever she needed help. When she regained the courage to leave the home of her abuser, there was no room available in any of the shelters she called for help. Each had a waiting list.

    We have experience in working with the domestic abuse shelter and have forged a good relationship. So when Denise came to us, the Parent Educator called the shelter, explained the evolving situation, and confirmed that this family was now participating in our program. They agreed to meet with her again to see if something could be arranged. Lisa moved into the shelter that day, relieved that she and her children were safe.

    Denise was attending classes at NWTC, but stopped due to her abusive situation. The Parent Educator advised her about the importance of education as a means to become self-reliant. After settling into the shelter she decided to again pursue her educational goals, encountering yet another stumbling block. Now her financial aid was in jeopardy. Denise visited the Parent Educator and asked if she could write a letter to the college to accompany her formal appeal. Being in the program, she was told, could most likely help her cause. Fortunately, her financial aid was reinstated following the appeal.

    Denise has resumed classes. She and her children have moved into an apartment of their own. Today, she is a self-sufficient survivor who continues to be a good role model for her children.

  • Mike’s Story

    Mike is a single father of two young girls. He works full time and works rotating shifts. Unable to attend Parenting Young Children classes due to schedule conflicts, his Parent Educator suggested they hold classes in his home.

    After weeks of education, Mike felt more in control, handling stressful situations more effectively than before his sessions. His communication style changed, realizing yelling and empty threats were not productive. He now uses eye contact and remembers to stop and think before responding to his children.

    Mike has never received child support or any other public support for his family. He has a very demanding job and a strong work ethic and was able to purchase a home with the help of a local agency a few years ago.

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