Family Success

Coastal Communities Family Success Center offers programs and services to the coastal Monmouth community. These programs and services include parent education, family literacy, life skills training, employment, parent-child activities, and outreach events.  Our goal is to increase the knowledge base of parents, change behaviors, improve relationships, and provide the opportunity to grow parent—child bonding. Our programs and services are focused on economic self-reliancy and family sustainability.

We aim to enrich the lives of children and adults by strengthening families and the neighborhoods in which they live.  The center provides tools and supports for families before they find themselves in crisis.  Programs and services are designed to affirm and strengthen a family's cultural, racial, and linguistic identities, enhancing its ability to succeed in every aspect of a multicultural environment.

 "Children and families do not exist in isolation. They live in overlapping circles of extended family, block associations, neighborhood groups, community organizations, schools, workplaces and businesses, religious and civic institutions and much more. Collectively, these are enormous assets for families. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine any family succeeding, in a meaningful sense of the term, without the participation of information supports and institutions like these." (The Future of Child Welfare in New Jersey, June 9, 2004)

We offer evidence-based programs, workshops, parent—child activities, major outreach events, information, resources and referrals for services to the coastal Monmouth community. Our goal is to increase the knowledge base of parents, change behaviors, provide the tools necessary to improve relationships, and the opportunity to for families to grow parent—child bonding. Our services are focused on economic self-reliancy and family sustainability. We have grown from a resource center and evolved into a "one-stop" shop that provides wrap-around resources and supports for families before they find themselves in crisis. The Family Success Center is a multi-faceted community-based program that offers families convenient access to information, support, and resources that help develop and maximize their strengths and potential.

The overarching goal of the Family Success Center model is to prevent child maltreatment by strengthening individual and family functioning; enhancing parental capacity for growth and development; increasing the stability, health and well-being of children and families; and empowering community residents to acquire the knowledge, skills and resources they need to succeed and provide optimal outcomes for children and families.

Family Success Centers are characterized by:

  • A welcoming homelike setting that reflects the community
  • Engages its residents and offers direct services, activities and resources that promote family well-being and empowerment
  • Collaborates with community partners to assemble all available resources into an integrated service system that addresses the unique needs of the neighborhood
  • Broad-based participation and community involvement
  • The design and delivery of services affirm the rich ethnic and cultural diversity that characterizes the community

Centers strive to ensure that families receive the support and connections they need in the least intrusive manner possible

All Centers provide an array of education, enrichment, and support services to help strengthen families and improve the quality of life and well-being for all community residents. Depending on available resources, some services are provided directly by the Family Success Center and others are offered through collaborative relationships with other community based groups and organizations.

The framework for service delivery embodies the Department of Children and Families' Core Values and is grounded in the New Jersey Standards of Prevention Programs: Building Success through Family Support, the Protective Factors outlined in the nationally recognized Strengthening Families Program, and the Principles of Family Support practice. All Family Success Centers integrate these defining elements into their direct service operations.

The Principles of Family Support:

  • Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and respect.
  • Staff enhance families capacity to support growth and development of all family members—adults, youth, and children.
  • Families are resources to their own members, to other families, to programs, and to communities.
  • Programs affirm and strengthen families' cultural, racial and linguistic identities and enhance their ability to function in a multi-cultural society.
  • Programs are embedded in their communities and contribute to the community-building process.
  • Programs advocate with families for services and systems that are fair, responsive, and accountable to the families served.
  • Practitioners work with families to mobilize formal and informal resources to support family development.
  • Programs are flexible and continually responsive to emerging family and community issues.
  • Principles of Family Support are modeled in all program activities, including, planning, governance, and administration.

Standards for Prevention Programs:
Building Success through Family Support

Conceptual Standards
Practice Standards
Administrative Standards
Family centered

Flexible and responsive
Sound program structure & practice
Community based

Partnership approach
Committed caring staff
Culturally sensitive & competent
Links with information & formal supports
Data collection & documentation
Early start

Universally available & voluntary
Measurable outcomes & program evaluations
Developmentally appropriate
Comprehensive & integrated

Adequate funding & long range plans
Participants as partners
Easily accessible

Participant and community collaboration
Empowerment and strength based approaches
Long term and adequate intensity


Protective Factors for Strengthening Families
Parental Resilience: A parent's ability to manage all types of challenges and find ways to solve problems, builds and sustains trusting relationships including relationships with their children
Social Connections: Friends, family and community provide emotional support, help solve problems, offer parenting advice and give concrete assistance to parents
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: Information about child development and appropriate expectations for children's behavior help parents see children in a positive light and promote healthy development
Concrete Support in times of need: Meeting basic needs like food, shelter, clothing and health care is essential; adequate services and supports must be in place to provide stability, treatment and help for families in crisis
Social & Emotional Competence of Children: a child's ability to interact positively with others, self-regulate behavior and effectively communicate feelings positively impact their relationships with family, other adults, and peers
Nurturing and Attachment: The importance of early bonding and nurturing throughout childhood building close bonds and help parents better understand, respond to, and communicate with their children
Effective Problem Solving and Communication Skills: A parent, caregiver or family's ability to identify their goals, consider challenges, set realistic approaches to overcome challenges and communicate effectively with others helps families reach their goals
Healthy (Marriages) Relationships: Developing and sustaining relationships with diminish the  levels of conflict and other attributes such as affectionate parents, high self-esteem, or appropriate role models help children and youth achieve positive outcomes
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