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Wallowa County Commission on Children & Families Funding Purposes and Restrictions
The Wallowa County Commission on Children and Families’ funding comes from a variety of sources including federal or state origins. Current grants include, but are not limited to: Great Start; Child Care Development Funds; Youth Investment; Family Preservation and Support and Children, Youth and Families Flex Funds.
Children, Youth and Families Flex Funds (State): These funds are to be allocated based on priorities identified in local plans and directed toward systems, programs or initiatives based on best practices. These funds are to allow maximum flexibility by counties to fund those areas of highest priority. Age: 0-18 and their families.
Great Start (State): Programs and services that promote outcomes identified in the local plan including, but not limited to, best practice-based early childhood programs in county settings, services that have proven to be successful, and that meet the needs of the community. Age: Prenatal services to expectant mothers, children 0 to 8 years of age and the children’s families.
Youth Investment (Federal): Non-stigmatizing programs and services to youth who are chronically acting out or who are victims of neglect, but who are non-delinquent. Programs and services will be provided in a gender-specific and culturally competent manner to promote outcomes identified in the local comprehensive plan. Chronically Acting Out Youth: Youth are considered acting out when they are exhibiting school behavior problems, are out of parental control, are runaway and homeless, or are exhibiting either one or two other risk factors such as poor attitude toward school, substance use, history of family violence, living in poverty, teenage mother, separation from parents, peer rejection, anti-social or delinquent peers, grade retention, or residential instability. Non-Delinquent: Youth may be considered non-delinquent if they have no history of, or current involvement with, the juvenile justice system, or have been diverted from the juvenile justice system. This definition does NOT include youth who have been referred to the Juvenile Department for a criminal activity, or who have been placed on an informal accountability agreement. Age: 13-18 years of age, although 11-12 year olds may be included where appropriate.
Family Preservation and Support (Federal):
Family Preservation Services: Family preservation services refers to services for children and families designed to protect children from harm and help families (including foster, adoptive, and extended families) at risk or in crisis, including: Pre-placement preventive services programs, such as intensive family preservation programs, designed to help children at risk of foster care placement remain with their families, where possible. Examples of programs may include Intensive Family Treatment, Domestic Violence Prevention programs, or other pre-placement preventative programs for families at risk of foster placement. Service programs designed to help children, where appropriate, return to families from which they have been removed; or be placed for adoption, with a legal guardian, or, if adoption or legal guardianship is determined not to be appropriate for a child, in some other planned, permanent living arrangement. Examples of programs may include family preservation services to assist in re-unification of families. Service programs designed to provide follow-up care to families to whom a child has been returned after a foster care placement. Examples of programs may include family-centered service programs that provide follow-up care to families re-united with their child. Respite care of children to provide temporary relief for parents and other caregivers (including foster parents). Example of programs may include Family Respite Care. Services designed to improve parenting skills (by reinforcing parents’ confidence in their strengths, and helping them to identify where improvement is needed and to obtain assistance in improving those skills) with respect to matters such as child development, family budgeting, coping with stress, health, and nutrition. Example of programs may include Parenting Skill Building. Case management services designed to stabilize families in crisis such as transportation, assistance with housing and utility payments, and access to adequate health care. Example of acceptable programs could include Family Support and Connections. All children and their families.
Family Support Services: Family support services means community-based services to promote the well-being of children and families designed to increase the strength and stability of families (including adoptive, foster, and extended families), to increase parents’ confidence and competence in their parenting abilities, to afford children a stable and supportive family environment, and otherwise to enhance child development. Family support services may include: Services, including in-home visits, parent support groups, and other programs designed to improve parenting skills (by reinforcing parents’ confidence in their strengths, and helping them to identify where improvement is needed and to obtain assistance in improving those skills) with respect to matters such as child development, family budgeting, coping with stress, health, and nutrition. Example of programs may include Parenting Classes, Parent-to-Parent Support, and In-Home Visitation Classes. Respite care of children to provide temporary relief for parents and other caregivers. Example of program may include Family Respite Care. Structured activities involving parents and children to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Example of program may include Healthy Start. Drop-in centers to afford families opportunities for informal interaction with other families and with program staff. Example of program may include Family Resource Centers. Transportation, information and referral services to afford families access to other community services, including child care, health care, nutrition programs, adult education literacy programs, legal services, and counseling and mentoring services. Examples of programs may include Dial-a-ride, Child Care Referral, and Outreach Centers. Early development screening of children to assess the needs of such children, and assistance to families in securing specific services to meet these needs. All children and their families.
Prevention Service Elements 70 & 80 (State): These funds support integrated strategies designed to prevent substance abuse and associated effects, regardless of the age of participants, under the requirements of OAR 414-056-0000 through 415-056-0025 and must have a current Letter of Approval issued by the Oregon Department of Human Services, Addictions and Mental Health Division. They are designed to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors associated with substance abuse. The funds are used to implement the use of the following integrated strategies: Information dissemination such as media campaigns; prevention education such as school curricula and parenting education; alcohol, tobacco and other drug free alternatives such as youth leadership and community service projects; community based processes such as community coalitions; environmental/social policy development such as school policies and community laws related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and problem identification and referral such as student assistance programs.
Safe and Drug Free Schools Program (SDFS) (State): The Wallowa Couty Prevention Collaborative provided the following services as part of the SDFS: Expansion of the Exploration Out-of-School-Time Alliance programs to the Enterprise School District with a goal of increasing studen academic achievement by participation in a safe out-of-school-time opportunities; Community Health Class taught two times per week at Joseph High School with a goal of providing students with opportunities to learn life skills, develop character, and prevent the use of drugs and violence in and around schools and in their communities; Natural Helpers Pilot Program which is a peer-helping pilot project at Joseph High School wiht a goal of developing and offering experiences that involve students in applying the concepts of making healthy decisions, accepting responsibility for their behavior, and understanding consequences.