Strong Families Initiative (SFI) is a strengths-based parenting skills program that is based on the Nurturing Parenting Program.
Many families who are involved with the program are experiencing stress, conflict, and child welfare issues, such as abuse or neglect. Other issues that can be addressed through the program are significant life stressors, communication breakdowns, ineffective parenting, child behavior problems or difficulties at school, and a lack of basic needs.
SFI works with families in their homes where the immediacy of problems can be addressed. The primary focus is on safety by helping parents provide a structured and nurturing family environment. Services are provided in the home.
"It (SFI program) was a lovely experience. It really helped me to see things in a different light and in a different way. I have been able to understand my children more and see things from their perspective more. I am now capable of putting myself in my children’s shoes when something happens. Before this program, I was really struggling and, in a spot, where I had no patience. Now, I understand not to lose my patience with them because at the end of the day, they are just children." - Anonymous SFI Client