For Young Children

Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC)

The Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) Intervention is a training program for caregivers of young children who have experienced early adversity, such as maltreatment or extended separations from their caregiver. Young children who have experienced these difficulties:

  • Tend to push caregivers away when they are hurt or frustrated
  • Especially need nurturing care
  • Are often dysregulated behaviorally and biologically

ABC targets these three issues through weekly, one-hour sessions over 10 weeks. Parents and caregivers learn ways to provide nurturing care and a responsive, predictable environment that helps promote positive parent-child relationships and child behavior and regulation. ABC is appropriate for children ages 6 to 24 months who have experienced early difficulties.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare gives ABC an evidence research supported scientific rating of 1 (highest rating) and a child welfare relevance level of High. For more information regarding the rating system used by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare click here.

To find out more about the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Program, please contact us.

Karen Carmody, Ph.D.
P 919-385-0731, F 919-419-9353

For Referrals Call: Tomeika Watson
P 919-385-0773, F 919-419-9353

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

This trauma focused intervention involves working with the parent/care giver and the child (0 – 5 years). When parents and children experience interpersonal violence, the resulting symptoms of avoidance, hyper-arousal and re-experiencing cause normal behaviors to be interpreted as traumatic reminders. Sometimes, the parent becomes a traumatic reminder for the child and the child becomes one for the parent, so both cope by distancing from one another and thus losing out on a primary source of support and healing for both of them. CPP tries to address this problem by using the relationship between parent and child to heal effects of the trauma.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare gives CPP an evidence research supported scientific rating of 2, or well supported, and relevance level of High. For more information regarding the rating system used by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare click here.

To find out more about the Child-Parent Psychotherapy Program, please contact us.

Mental Health Director: Kelly Sullivan, Ph.D.
P 919-385-0733, F 919-419-9353

For Referrals Call: Intake Coordinator
P 919-385-0701, F 919-419-9353
 

Durham Connects

Durham Connects mission is to increase child well-being by bridging the gap between parent needs and community resources. Durham Connects provides in-home nurse visits free of charge to ALL parents of newborns in Durham County, NC. Durham Connects support takes many forms. Our registered nurses always provide a weight and health check for baby and make sure mom is recovering well from childbirth. Some families may also benefit from breastfeeding assistance, child care selection help, financial resources, parenting classes, help coping with post partum depression, social isolation or new family dynamics and many other issues. Durham Connects nurses and staff are experts in supporting families of newborns with resources right here in our community.

Durham Connects brings Families, Community agencies and Healthcare providers together to give babies the best environment for growth. Durham Connects nurtures this growth by visiting parents and babies in their own homes and connecting them with community supports.

Durham Connects nurses visit parents of newborns to:

  • Celebrate
  • Support
  • Connect
  • Follow-up

To find out more about the Durham Connects program, please contact us.

Email: info@durhamconnects.org


 

Durham Early Head Start Home Based Program

The Early Head Start Home Based Program is a home visiting program for expectant families and families of children birth to three. Enrolled children and their families receive weekly home visiting services and are invited to two playgroups and one Parent Meeting per month. Home visitors utilize the evidence-based curriculum, “Parents as Teachers,” during weekly home visits to support parenting, child development, health, and nutrition. PAT embraces learning experiences that are relevant and customized for the individual, developmental needs of each family and child. Playgroups and socialization opportunities are provided twice a month. DEHS also fosters parent involvement, advocacy, and leadership skills through parent committees and Policy Council meetings. Services are provided in both English and Spanish. Click here to learn more about the Early Head Start Program. 

Durham’s Partnership for Children became a grantee for DEHS through a two-year American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) expansion grant in 2009. CCFH contracts with Chapel Hill Training and Outreach Project, Inc. (CHTOP), the delegate agency for DEHS, to provide home visiting services.

To find out more about the Durham Early Head Start Home Based Program, please contact us.

Program Coordinator: Karen Carmody, PhD
P 919-385-0731, F 919-419-9353

For Referrals Call: Elisabeth Hargrove, LCSW, Home Based Supervisor
P 919-385-0772, F 919-419-9353

Healthy Families Durham

Healthy Families Durham offers early childhood intervention services through an intensive home visiting program designed to reduce child abuse, improve parent/child interaction, and increase parenting skills. Healthy Families Durham provides in-home services to clients, who are pregnant, or parenting infants or young children, in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect in families with multiple stressors. The “Parents as Teachers” curriculum is delivered in the home for up to three years to enhance child development, health, safety, and parent/child relationships. Immunizations and well child care visits are monitored; developmental screenings are conducted every six months. Family Support Workers also provide families with case management services to connect them to appropriate community resources. An additional service has been added for families who do not require the traditional home visiting program. This new service uses the Partners for a Healthy Baby curriculum and serves families in the home for up to six months.

Healthy Families Durham was recently awarded a grant from the N.C. Division of Public Health for federal funds to implement the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. The Home Visiting Program is a provision of the Federal Affordable Care Act of 2010 and is designed to improve health and development outcomes for young at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs. Applications were limited to those counties or areas determined to be “high need,” based on factors including premature birth rates, infant mortality rates, poverty and crime, domestic violence, high school dropout rates, substance abuse, unemployment and child maltreatment. This additional funding will allow Healthy Families Durham to provide home visiting services to families in East Durham through the EDCI project.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare gives Healthy Families of America an evidence research supported scientific rating of 1, or well supported, and relevance level of Medium. For more information regarding the rating system used by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare click here.

A portion of these services is made possible by our funding partner Durham’s Partnership for Children, a Smart Start initiative.
We are thankful to the following additional funders for their support of Healthy Families Durham:

  • A.J. Fletcher Foundation
  • MIECHV (Federal home visiting funds)
  • Doing Good in the Neighborhood, Duke University
  • United Way of the Greater Triangle www.unitedwaytriangle.org
  • Durham County Government
  • Markle Foundation

To find out more about the Healthy Families Durham program, please contact us.

Program Director: Karen Appleyard-Carmody, Ph.D.

For referrals call: Tomeika Watson
P 919-385-0773, F 919-419-9353

  

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported treatment for young children displaying difficult to handle behaviors. PCIT places an emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s pro-social behavior and decreasing negative behavior.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare gives PCIT an evidence research supported scientific rating of 1, or well supported, and relevance level of Medium. For more information regarding the rating system used by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare click here.

To find out more about the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Program, please contact us.

Mental Health Director: Kelly Sullivan, Ph.D.
P 919-385-0733, F 919-419-9353

For referrals call: Intake Coordinator
P 919-385-0701-3474, F 919-419-9353
 

Primary Care Triple P


Primary Care Triple P is a brief face-to-face intervention with a primary care provider (from areas such as child and community health, education, allied health, child care, etc.).  Approximately four individual consultations with parents/caregivers of approximately 50 minutes.  Uses tip sheets and the Positive Parenting Booklet to reinforce strategies.

It is targeted counseling for parents/caregivers of a child with mild to moderate behavioral difficulties.  It is available for parents/caregivers of children from birth to 12 years.  Level 3 interventions deal with a specific problem or issue.

Program Coordinator: Donna Newberne, LPCS
P 919-385-0755 F 919-419-9353