Building Upon Parenting Strengths in a Multi-Cultural, Multi-Lingual Community


As families from many different countries continue to join communities throughout Chicagoland and Illinois, parent and family support programs will continue to expand their knowledge of how to best support and connect with the families.

Supporting and welcoming families from other countries, as both immigrants or refugees, is an on-going experience for many parent/child and family-serving programs. The language and cultural differences can often seem to create barriers for programs.

In our program we have built a group connection that brings families together and builds both parent-child relationships and community connections for the families. We will share specifics about how we have built group connections with families who bring many different cultural perspectives and as many as 10 different languages at once. In our group connections, families are invited to share their language and culture, as well as have opportunities to strengthen connect with others, recognize supports within the community and expand their understanding of English, all within the context of parent-child interactive learning and culturally sensitive teaching (and learning) about attuned parenting.

Location DuPage Regional Office of Education
421 N. County Farm Road, 2nd floor
Wheaton, IL
Date 7/23/2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Check in 8:30 AM)
Sponsor Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health and the Center for Practice Excellence at JCFS-Chicago
Trainer Jeanine Woltman and Carol Montgomery Fate
Principles 1. Support families
Credit Hours 2.75 - Working with Families
Cost $25-$30
Status Closed