Services

Adult Education Classes (GED Preparation Class)

FSC provides an on-site GED class to client’s who are preparing to test for the GED. This service is offered in partnership with Gadsden State Community College, Ayers Campus. Staff is available to assist clients in accessing this service, and if needed the client’s children may play in the supervised playroom while the parent accesses the classes. FSC is the only community GED class location that provides a free supervised playroom for students. Staff is also available to locate a resource to pay the cost of the GED test after the class is completed.

Supervised Play Room

This service is available to families receiving services in the Family Services facility. Infants and young children are provided supervision by an experienced and caring adult. The children are also provided juice, snack and an opportunity to play with age appropriate toys and interact with other children while their parents access services.

Survival Skills for Women Workshop

Survival Skills for Women is a ten (10) week workshop designed to help women capitalize on their own knowledge and strengths, encourages them to learn about available community resources, and provides useful life skills. It is designed to work in two ways, first to provide opportunities for meeting supportively with other women in similar circumstances and second, to teach skills that increases personal and economic independence. Support, encouragement and empowerment are vital aspects of the program and enhance the skills of learning. Many participants have found jobs and gotten off welfare and some have returned to school to complete a GED, enter vocational training, or obtain a college degree. Program participants have become more confident, healthier and independent. For additional information or to enroll in a class email fscsocialworker@cableone.net

Parenting Education Classes

hispanicdadThe parenting education program is designed to empower families and provide information regarding appropriate parenting both individually, and in a group setting. The purpose of the program is to provide parenting education and support services geared toward preventing child abuse and neglect, thus protecting children and strengthening families. The program will also improve family access to other formal and informal resources and opportunities for assistance available within the community. The classes are provided on site or in the community. Referrals are received from FSC Intake, DHR, private attorneys, Family Court, Health Dept., Law Enforcement agencies, Juvenile Probation, Women’s shelters and other community partners. Sessions from Active Parenting will address: How to respond to age appropriate behaviors; What children need at different ages (to include physical and mental); Activities to enhance awareness of child’s positive qualities and strengthen family bonds; Coping skills, to include developing and using informal support systems; Developing skills to recognize warning signs for at risk behaviors by parent. For additional information or to enroll in a parenting class email socialworker@familyservicescc.org

Case Management Services

Case management services are provided to families and individuals who are referred by intake, DHR, court, private attorneys, schools, and other collaborating agencies. Case managers provide services based on the belief that families should be preserved and strengthened in order to nurture and raise children in a safe, healthy, and stable environment. Case managers’ work with families to identify strengths, needs and provide goal directed services that will promote self- sufficiency Family safety is assessed on a regular basis and any identified issues are addressed appropriately. When concerns of child abuse or neglect are identified reports are made to DHR. For additional information or referral form email the Case Manager at casemanager@familyservicescc.org

How to Make Your Money Work” – financial education workshop

studyingThe Family Services Center of Calhoun County, Inc. offers a monthly FREE WORKSHOP “How to Make Your Money Work”. This workshop is a free personal financial education program designed to teach others how to manage their personal finances and make sound decisions with money. The workshop utilizes the Dollar Works 2 curriculum developed by educators from the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development. It teaches basic economic concepts to strengthen people’s skills in managing their personal finances and making sound decisions with money. Families need more than just information and practice. They need to learn how to make changes in managing their personal finances. Dollar Works 2 provides educators and service providers who assist families with knowledge, tools, and strategies for managing resources, attaining personal goals, and increasing financial stability. The workshop is offered on the second Tuesday of the month at the Family Services Center in room 321 at 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. No enrollment is necessary and a certificate will be provided upon completion of the workshop.