The Family Center is an initiative of Community Connections of Brockton (CCB). It is a program of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County, supported by funding from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and has a partnership with Brockton’s Promise.
We value the families that make up our community. The basis of our mission is to help you find the solutions you need to strengthen your family.We work to connect to neighborhood-based resources and networks of support that will help foster strength within your family. We can achieve this by promoting parental resilience, offering education on parenting and child development, establishing social connections, and providing solid support in times of need. In doing so, we are striving to prevent child abuse and neglect while promoting the healthy growth of our community.
Community Connections of Brockton (CCB), The Family Center, seeks to actively partner with parents, residents, community groups, service agencies, businesses and others who want to strengthen Brockton’s families, neighborhoods, and community.
The goal of the Community Connections Coalition Initiative in Massachusetts is to increase neighborhood-based networks of support. In doing so we are strengthening families, building communities, and preventing child abuse and neglect.
Community Connections Coalitions strive to achieve success by:
- Coordinating resources already in communities
- Giving resident a voice in community planning and organizing
- Ensuring that series meet the needs of families in the community
We provide assistance to families with children to promote wellness and empowerment. We use the 5 protective factors in reaching our goals of reducing child abuse and neglect.
1. Nurturing and Attachment: A Child’s early experience of being nurtured and developing a bond with a caring adult affects all aspects of behavior and development. When Parents and children have strong, warm feelings for one another, children develop trust that their parents will provide what they need to thrive, including love, acceptance, positive, guidance and protection.
2. Knowledge of Parenting and of Child and Youth Development: There is extensive research linking healthy child development to effective parenting. Children thrive when parents provide not only affection, but also respectful communications and listening, consistent rules and expectations, and safe opportunities that promote independence. Successful parenting fosters physiological adjustment, helps children succeed in school. Encourages curiosity about the world, and motivates children to achieve.
3. Parental Resilience: Parents, who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, as well as occasional crisis, have resilience; they have the flexibility and inner strength to bounce back when things are not going well.
4. Social Connections: Parents with a social network of emotionally supportive friends, family, and neighbors often find that it is easier to care for their children and themselves. Most parents need people the can call on once in a while when they need a sympathetic listener, advice, or concrete support.
5. Concrete Supports for Parents: Many factors affect a family’s ability to care for their children. Families who can meet their own basic needs for food, clothing, housing, and transportation- and who know how to access essential services such as childcare, healthcare, and mental health services to address family-specific needs-are better to ensure the safety and well-being of their children.