Helping Families Build and Restore Respectful Relationships
Special programs and services for Sylvania area parents and youth
Brought to you by the Sophia Center, in partnership with Sylvania Area Family Services and grant funded by Catholic Health Initiatives.
Preventing youth conflict at home
Our multi-tiered system of supports is designed to reduce youth abuse or violence in the home. This prevention program includes positive parenting workshops, trauma-informed multi-family groups and incentives to help families develop strategies for building and restoring respectful relationships. Individualized clinical services are also available.
Our program features Step-Up, a research-based curriculum, and Positive Solutions for Families (PSF), a research-supported parenting series. Parent Cafes are a place where parents can gather with other parents and build family protective factors. We also offer basic and intensive trauma-informed parenting education using curriculum from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Protecting Youth and Families
Recent data provided by Lucas County, Ohio, Juvenile Court suggests that the top two reasons for misdemeanor arrests of youth are domestic violence or unruly behavior in the home. Over a five-year period, fifteen percent of juvenile arrests occurred when the youth was under 13 years old at the time of the incident. In 2020 at least half of all charges against juveniles were against youth 15 years or younger.
The role of early intervention and prevention cannot be overstated. Adolescent violence and abuse toward parents and other family members pose a considerable threat to the stability of families, the overall development of teens, and is a strain on the juvenile justice system.
When parents rely on police or courts for behavior in the home it is likely a source of trauma for the family. The step-up team can help you assess the situation and offer a variety of services or programs that can help.
Do any of these sound familiar?
- Parents report walking on eggshells to keep the peace
- Use of abusive or threatening language by youth toward parents
- Youth refuses to follow rules and resorts to abuse to get their way
- Pushing, hitting, kicking of family members by teen
- Throwing objects, damaging property to control parents
- Parents are fearful of teen
- Running away