Children At Risk Resources and Intervention Program (CARRI)
“Helping Parents Become Better Parents”
A Parenting Education Service that provides strength-based supportive counseling to parents referred by the Department of Children and Families-Division of Child and Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). Services include the use of the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting curriculum which is designed to support and enhance parents’ ability to develop parent/child environments that minimize risk factors and maximize protective factors. Through the use of psycho-educational and cognitive behavioral approaches the parent educator and clinicians reinforce the nurturing parenting curriculum.
The program provides opportunities to learn and use caregiving approaches that are nurturing, safe and consistent. Counseling and parenting goals are developed and measured through the use of the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI) assessment tool.
Recommendations and referrals for services, resources and interventions are made when indicated.
Criteria for Service Eligibility:
- Parent/Legal Guardian with child age 0-4 at time of referral.
- Referral must be made by DCF-DCP&P Middlesex/Somerset Offices ONLY.
- Parents with active and/or untreated substance abuse problems and or acute mental health issues may require other services prior to participation in the home-based parenting education program in order to benefit from the program.
Bilingual services are available
- Katya Hidalgo-Quarless, LSW
- Mental Health Clinician II
- Phone: (732)235-5582
- Mitchell Douglas, LCSW
- Program Director, Acute Services
- Phone: (732)-235-8240