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SPARC has developed a comprehensive assortment of programs that place special attention on both the parent and the child residing in a single parent home. Recognizing that each has special needs, SPARC provides programs and services that cater to those needs individually. While programs with a youth only focus do provide youth with necessary development skills as well as positive programs, prevention and intervention services, the positive effects of the program are undermined when youth return home to parents who remain un-served or underserved. To combat this, SPARC provides comprehensive programs and services that encompass the needs of the entire single parent family.
Resource and Referral Services
SPARC's commitment to single parent families is either to provide the service in need or to refer that single parent family to the agency that does. SPARC provides daily intake services for community and faith based resource and referral. The intake office is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Clients are accepted via telephone or on a walk in basis. If you need assistance finding community resources and/or programs or if you are in need of emergency referrals, please call 770-840-2200 x309 and ask to speak to a SPARC Intake Coordinator during intake hours. You may also walk in during intake hours and ask to speak to a SPARC Intake Coordinator who will be glad to assist you.
Frontline Parenting Series:
The premier parenting series for today’s single parent family. This series covers the diverse issues faced by single parent families on a daily basis. Frontline participants choose from a variety of topics for workshop series and single session workshops that best fit participant needs. Frontline offers a wide range of topics that include traditional parenting classes as well as specialized cross gender classes that promote understanding between mothers and sons and fathers and daughters. Frontline is especially suited for families in crisis, including families with court involved youth.
The goal of the Frontline Parenting Series is to educate and equip single parents, strengthen family bonds, increase communication and decrease stress which can lead to juvenile delinquency, violence, abuse and neglect. Single parents often find themselves overwhelmed as they face issues alone that are normally faced by two. By providing them with the necessary tools to cope with the additional stress of parenting alone, stronger single parent families will result. It is also the goal of Frontline to provide single parents with information on additional resources that are available to them in their community. Frontline conducts special outreach to teen parents as they attempt to deal with adult issues while still in the midst of their teenage years. By providing them with the tools they need to successfully navigate their difficult circumstances, they will be better equipped to raise healthy, productive, successful and well-adjusted children.
The Frontline Parenting Series consists of the following programs:
- SingleParent411 – Single parent workshops series
- SingleParent911 – Single parent workshop series for families in crisis
- Managing Your Emotions – Anger and stress management series
- Got Boys? – Workshops for single mothers raising sons
- Got Girls? – Workshops for single fathers raising daughters
- Nurturing Parenting Program (7-24 session programs) – A more traditional approach to parenting suitable to single and two parent households
- Single Session Workshops on various parenting topics