Community Programs & Resources : Social Work Services

Social Work Services

The social work program at the Mailman Center for Child Development provides services to 150 families yearly, who are survivors of domestic violence. These clients are referred by a variety of agencies including the Domestic Violence Courts, Family Courts, DCF, shelters and homeless populations. The program provides both individual and group services.

Fees for services include Medicaid and private insurance programs. All other clients are free. Other service areas include parent/child problems and marital discord.

Heroes Program

The heroes program provides support services to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. The program includes a mother’s therapy group that includes Spanish and English speakers. In addition, there are three children’s groups ranging in age from 5 to 7, 8 to 11, and adolescents. The group program runs for 9 weeks, three times yearly.

In addition we provide therapeutic services on a year round basis, to individuals or families.

This program includes:

  • Anger Management Training
  • Behavior Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Supportive Services
  • Parenting Skills Training

Hispanic women with cultural conflicts and legal concerns regarding their immigration status are a frequent occasion for intervention, utilizing a variety of community agencies. In addition, there are infant mental health services on a consultative basis for mothers with children under 6. This program also includes services where family conflicts and parent-child issues are prevalent.

Preventing Abuse through Responsive Parenting (PARP)

The purpose of the PARP project is to reduce child abuse and neglect by improving parent’s knowledge of child development, parent/child interactions and community resources. Participants consist of families whose children are enrolled in childcare centers located in these high-risk neighborhoods. This project will utilize a two-tiered approach. In Tier 1, approximately 350 parents will be screened for risk and will be offered the Building Babies’ Brains curriculum consisting of five 1-hour training sessions for a total of five hours of training. Building Babies’ Brains focuses on multiple aspects of child development and has been used successfully with parents who had their child removed from their custody, as one stop towards reunification. Parents who score above the cuoff point on the risk screening, those at the greatest risk for abuse and neglect, will be offered Tier 2 mediation. Tier 2 is an individualized therapeutic intervention called Responsive Teaching. This intervention will include twenty 1-hour individualized sessions that focus on developing the parent/child relationship. This program will be offered either at the childcare center or in the home, in the primary language of the family. Families will also be linked to community resources such as WIC, the Village, and Camillus Health Concern. All services are free of charge.

If you would like more information about any of these programs, please call 305-243-6864.