OSSRD Awarded Children's Trust Fund Grant
The LSU Office of Social Service Research and Development (OSSRD) was awarded a grant in 2012 by the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund to coordinate a parenting education program entitled, “Parent University-Raising Winners.” This parenting education program, based on the Effective Black Parenting model, will be coordinated in the following rural parishes: Acadia, Beauregard, Jackson, Lincoln, Union and Vermilion. On November 29, 2012, the Acadia and Vermilion Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC) hosted its fall session at Cecile Picard Elementary School in Maurice, Louisiana; on December 11, 2012, Beauregard TASC held its session at Carver Elementary in DeRidder, Louisiana; and on December 15, 2012 the Lincoln, Union and Jackson TASC programs sponsored their session at the Lincoln Parish Library in Ruston, Louisiana. Parents and guardians of children affiliated with OSSRD’s TASC program as well as the LA Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), LA Families in Need of Services (FINS), and the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) were invited to participate in the first of a two-part training focused on developing life goals, modeling positive behavior and learning how to set rules and limits for children. While parents attended the workshop, their children participated in enrichment activities focused on school engagement, bullying, self-esteem, and safety issues. Through grant funds provided by the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund, families who participate in the trainings are provided with childcare, food, transportation and other incentives to help remove barriers that might limit their participation. The second workshop will be held in February 2013. Parents who participate in both workshops will be able to take part in a graduation ceremony at the end of the second session. Ron Anderson, a certified parenting instructor from Minden, Louisiana, is the facilitator.
Pictured from left to right: Tricia Savoy, Acadia TASC; Jada Thomas-Smith, OSSRD TASC Program Monitor; Amy Hebert, Vermilion Parish Assistant District Attorney; Charlotte Frederick, Vermilion TASC; Jerome Puyau, Vermilion Parish Acting Superintendent; Rhonda Gallet, Office of Juvenile Services; Denise Hebert, Vermilion TASC; and Jacqueline Thibodeaux, Acadia TASC.
Parent participants in Beauregard training
Pictured from left to right: David W. Burton, District Attorney, 36th Judicial District (Beauregard Parish); Ron Anderson, facilitator; LaKetha Holmes, Assistant District Attorney, 36th Judicial District