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Catholic Charities offers two home-based parenting education programs, Building Strong Families and Great Start Plus, for families that have been or are currently involved with Child Protective Services with a focus on improving parent-child interaction, increasing the families’ protective factors, and reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect.

How We Help
Both programs provide weekly, home-based parenting education sessions, offering personalized curriculum and training tailored to the family’s needs within the comfort of their own home. Utilizing the Nurturing Parenting curriculum, our programs aim to increase the family’s protective factors, such as:

  • Family functioning and parental resiliency;
  • Social connections and support;
  • Nurturing and attachment;
  • Knowledge of appropriate child development; and
  • Concrete support through information and guidance from family educators.


All enrolled children under 5 years of age are screened for developmental progress, and potential delays are referred to medical or other intervention services as indicated by screening results. While increasing knowledge of child development, parents gain a better understanding of their children’s readiness to develop appropriate skills that will, in turn, decrease incidences of child abuse and neglect.

As an enhancement to the parenting education sessions, both programs also offer monthly group opportunities for family engagement activities where all participating client families are invited.  These events involve educational and interactive components to encourage learning and social connections.

Case management is also provided to help provide resources for the family’s basic needs. Referrals are provided to other Catholic Charities’ programs to include the Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, Emergency Financial Assistance, Catholic Counseling & Consultation Center, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and many more. Referrals are also provided for additional social service agencies as needed.

Who qualifies for our program?
Building Strong Families provides services to families within Bexar County with closed substantiated cases through Child Protective Services. A referral from Child Protective Services is required to qualify. At least one child in the household must be between the ages of 0 and 17 years old.

Great Start Plus provides service to families within Bexar County with open cases through Child Protective Services. This program allows for open enrollment, with no referral from Child Protective Services required. At least one child in the household must be between the ages of 0 and 8 years old.

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