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Mission Statement

Making Parenting Skills a National Priority

Our nation’s child welfare system seeks ways to reduce incidences of child abuse and neglect. One of the many challenges facing the child welfare system is the number of children entering foster care, kinship care, group homes and residential facilities. There are not enough families available to foster and often kinship care is not an option as extended family is not capable. The opioid crisis places additional burdens on the system. We are also finding there are not enough medical providers for all of the mental health issues children face. Family courts and the GAL system are just as stressed.

As our nation struggles with issues like crime, imprisonment, mental health, domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and addiction we must ask ourselves, what is the root cause of these issues? We will find family health.

How do we improve the health of our families? Educate our youth on the stresses and tremendous responsibility that come along with parenting. Parents are the family leaders. Educated parents lead healthier families. Healthier families lead to healthier communities, cities, states and nation.

COPE24 is emphasizing the need to make parenting and child development education secondary only to the core subjects in our high school system. As our nation continues to face a national health crisis, the breakdown of the family, we must seek a proactive response. Making the families of tomorrow stronger ensures the safety of childhood. To make families stronger, we must ask our school systems to reprioritize the educational needs of the students.

Our nation’s educational system has been ever evolving to meet the needs of our citizens. Now our nation needs healthier parents. Currently, most high schools offer elective Family Consumer Science (FACS) classes which include parenting and child development courses. Where offered about 10% of the student population takes these elective classes. Since over 80% of youth will become parents, we must address the educational gap. COPE24 is working to fill that gap. While all elective courses offer students the opportunity to expand their horizons, how many can boast a life skill that more than 80% will utilize every day for more than two decades? The need is clear now we need the will to make the necessary changes for the sake of our children.

Teaching the kids of today to be the parents of tomorrow.

COPE24 Parenting Skills Program for Child Welfare Workers, Foster Care Agencies, Hospitals and Community Groups

Call 314-488-3766 or email Rene Howitt for set-up, purchase and pricing.

What does the program include?

We’ve taken 10 very common frustrating parenting situations and put them into a program, so that we can begin discussing with our youth the realities of parenting. This program includes:

  1. Teacher/Instructors manual meeting all national curriculum standards
  2. Manual also includes student worksheets and pre/post student surveys
  3. 10 parenting scenario videos. Each parenting video situation is approx. five-minutes in length. There is one video situation for each of the 10 chapters of this program

The teacher/instructor would begin the class by showing one video. Each scenario will escalate to the point of abuse, neglect, or dysfunction. The video is then stopped and the teacher/instructor can turn to class asking….what went wrong? What other choices did the parents have? What will you do?