KAWARTHA LAKES-The John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton will receive a $5,000 grant through the Telecare Mona Hall Fund to pilot a child abuse prevention program in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The grant was awarded by the local United Way and will be used to pilot a 17-week course called “Caring Dads.” “This is an intervention program to help prevent abusive situations for children through education and coaching for fathers that have demonstrated high-risk behavior. This project has operated in two other communities in the province with success and involves referrals through social justice partners and Children’s Aid Societies,” notes Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director for UWCKL.
Lois Powers, Executive Director for the local John Howard Society noted in the application that, “Many of the men that will benefit from this program are those who are struggling with a number of issues including being estranged from the home. The benefits of this program will be enhancement of positive parental role models. Our experience indicates that children whose parents have positive parenting skills tend to be more confident and hold themselves in higher regard. We know through our work that the protective factor of positive parenting, reduces risk of problem behaviors and negative outcomes for children.”
When Lifeline Telecare closed its doors, funds were transferred to UWCKL to administer through a committee process and to help local groups initiate innovative programs in response to emerging or identified community priorities. “The funds are overseen by a committee of volunteers with expertise. Most of this team of volunteers have worked together since the beginning, with one member coming from the past Lifeline Telecare board of directors. We are grateful for their commitment to this multi-year project.” noted Ms. Barton Dyke.
Three agencies have received funding since the launch of the grant fund in 2016. The first recipient was Kawartha Sexual Assault which brought an inter-active stage program that addressed dating violence prevention for youth. Last year, Ontario Early Years used its grant to create the Queen Victoria Public School Summer Outreach Program and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton applied its grant to special marketing and the creation of an in-School Mentoring Resource initiative.
For more information on the program call the John Howard Society at 705-328-0472.