Awareness. Prevention. Education.

We offer a comprehensive series of classes, workshops and programs aimed at preventing child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Our initiatives include age-specific programs throughout schools in Livingston County. We also provide organizational change programs for area businesses, agencies and groups.

We conduct a complete spectrum of classes to help parents and child caregivers learn positive skills that help children thrive.

Programs, Classes & Workshops

For Parents & Child Caregivers

Healthy Families LivingstonFor new parents

This program offers new parents with a long-term resource person they can count on for help raising a healthy family. Home visits are provided by family support workers and parents attend ongoing workshops and support groups.

Parents learn information and skills about infant and child development, parent and infant interaction, parenting coping techniques, and how to attain personal parenting goals.

For more information about this program, please call LACASA’s Family Prevention Services Director, Polly Mallory, at 517-548-1350.

Nurturing Parenting — Class series for parents of newborns – age 11

This award-winning program teaches parents about empathy, appropriate expectations, and positive discipline. The 8-week class is designed for parents-only, childcare is not provided. Sessions help parents gain an understanding of child-parent roles and how to guide children in exploring their independence. The series is $75 for one parent or $100 for both parents, which includes course materials and snacks. Some scholarships are available.

Strengthening Families — Class series for parents of children ages 5 – 11

A 12-week family skills course for parents of children age 5 – 11. Parents attend with their children for this evidence-based program that helps strengthen family bonds. Parents learn how to set appropriate limits, provide positive rewards, solve problems, manage stress, and build communication skills. 

A fee of $100 per family includes class materials and a light family dinner each week. Limited scholarships are available. To learn about upcoming class dates, contact LACASA at 517-548-1350.

This series is sponsored in part by LACASA, the June and Edward Kellogg Family Dental Foundation, and the Livingston County Family Treatment Court in cooperation with Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA).  

Creating Lasting Family Connections – Class series for parents of teens

This free multi-week program is designed to support parents raising teens and has an emphasis on substance abuse prevention.

The program helps parents who are struggling through the teen years. Parents learn effective strategies to improve their family relationships and reinforce positive changes.

Weekly educational components include:

  • Understanding adolescent physical and brain development
  • Parenting techniques to improve communication and reduce conflict
  • Ways to improve follow-through by establishing consequences
  • Identification of adolescent substance use/abuse patterns
  • Behavior changes that could lead to problem behavior

Individual family counseling sessions are available during the multi-week program, or as a follow-up to families requesting additional help. Call us to register or learn more at 517-548-1350.

Funding for this project is provided by the Washtenaw Community Health Organization and the Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Drug Control Policy.

For Fathers & Male Caregivers

Fathers Only’ Parenting Program

Fathers, step-fathers and male caregivers learn new attitudes, behaviors and skills that lead to nurturing, rewarding relationships with their children, their partners and family members.

This class is offered throughout the year and usually runs for 10 weeks. The cost is $100 per person. Limited scholarships are available. Call us for more information about upcoming classes at 517-548-1350.

Sponsored by the June & Edward Kellogg Family Dental Foundation  

Classes for the Community

Stewards of ChildrenRecognizing and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse

Offered by LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council, this evidence-based workshop teaches adults 7 critical steps for preventing, recognizing and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Led by trained facilitators, this 3-hour workshop is a must for teachers, parents, child care providers, recreational sports organizations, and adults who work or volunteer with children.

Created by the national Darkness to Light organization, the program utilizes video, a workbook and group discussions to foster education and awareness.

Workshops are offered throughout the year. Watch our website or call Deanna Norris, Director of LACASA’s CAP Council, to learn about upcoming programs at 517-548-1350.

Mandated Reporter TrainingRecognizing and reporting child abuse

Professionals learn the signs and symptoms of abuse, the legal and moral obligations to report suspected abuse, and what happens inside CPS once a report is filed.

LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council works with staff members from Livingston County Children’s Protective Services (CPS) to offer this workshop.

Sessions are hosted throughout the year. Watch our website or contact Deanna Norris, LACASA’s CAP Council Director, at 517-548-1350.

Livingston County School-Wide Programs

Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students)

Project SUCCESS is designed to prevent and reduce substance use among students 12 – 18 years of age.

Trained prevention specialists provide a full range of substance abuse prevention and early intervention services.

Project SUCCESS encompasses:

Individual & Group Education Sessions — Counselors meet with students on an individual basis; students may participate in educational support groups

School-Wide Awareness Activities — A variety of programs, activities and campaigns are developed to help students become more aware about the risks and dangers of alcohol, tobacco and drug use

Parent Awareness & Education — Parents collaborate with members of Project SUCCESS to increase prevention awareness among parents and the community

Referral and Case Management — Resources are provided for students and families who require additional assistance and resources, including those for substance abuse and mental health issues

These services are offered through the Livingston Community Prevention Project, a collaborative partnership that includes Karen Bergbower & Associates, Key Development Center, Inc., LACASA, and Livingston County Catholic Charities.

Funding is provided by the Washtenaw Community Health Organization and the Michigan Department of Community Health/Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services.

Shaken Baby Syndrome For middle and high school students

This workshop teaches middle school and high school students about the Period of Purple Crying – a normal stage of infant development when a baby won’t stop crying.

This program teaches how to care for a baby that continues to cry. The program utilizes video and oral presentations, along with demonstrations using a life-like doll, to explain why you should never, ever shake a baby!

This workshop is the length of a regular class hour and is an ideal addition to curricula for health, life skills and child development classes.

FASD Workshop (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders)– For middle and high school students

This workshop teaches middle school and high school students about the life-long damage that can result for an unborn child whose mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are an array of disorders including mental retardation, learning and behavior problems, organ dysfunction, and physical and neurological deficits caused by fetal alcohol exposure.

This workshop utilizes video and oral presentations along with a life-like doll for demonstrations. The program is the length of a regular class hour and is an ideal addition to curricula for health, life skills and child development classes.

Livingston County Early Education

Chester’s Solution – For preschool and early-elementary children

Chester the Cat has a fluffy tail that everyone wants to touch. The problem? He doesn’t like people touching his tail. This workshop focuses on teaching pre-school and early elementary age students about personal boundaries and their right to say “no” to unwanted touch.

For Organizations

LACASA provides programs for businesses, agencies and organizations to improve responses and increase awareness about child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include consultations, trainings and educational programs.

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