Prevention Services

Prevention Services

Prevention Services: TRUTH, GAP, KIDS Personal Safety, FPRP, and BRIC 

Since 1993, Manatee Children’s Services offers several nationally accredited programs with the mission of preventing child abuse and promoting healthy family functioning.  

As our largest program within MCS served, our prevention programs served 16,000 clients last year! 

Today, teens and their families face many challenges in and out of school, including personal safety, human trafficking, social media safety, pregnancy prevention, communication, sexuality, and relationships.  

Through the TRUTH program, youth ages 10 to 17 and their families receive education and mentoring through a Family Advocate to guide them in making safe, healthy decisions.   

TRUTH program success focuses primarily on teen pregnancy prevention. Statistics reveal that teenage mothers exhibit higher rates of abuse than older mothers. Additionally, other factors such as lower economic status, lack of social support, and high stress levels contribute to the link between young parents and child abuse. 

For the year ending September 30, 2021, TRUTH had a 100% success rate among the 271 clients served in retaining pregnancy prevention information and techniques after six to eight group sessions as evidenced in case notes, pre-tests, and post-tests. TRUTH also had a 100% success rate in no pregnancies being reported within 18 months of program completion as evidenced by case notes and self-reporting. 

GAP, a prevention program for kinship caregivers, provides support, mentoring, and resources to caregivers who are raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or other relative children after removal from the home due to abuse or neglect.   

GAP offers support groups with exceptional guest speakers, parenting workshops, kinship warmline support, counseling services, children’s peer groups, advocacy, community resources, holiday food drives, and referrals for participants. The primary goal of these services is to ensure relative caregiver homes remain free from abuse and neglect and that children in the program do not enter or re-enter foster care. 

For the year ending September 30, 2021, the GAP program achieved a 97% success rate, with 177 of the 181 children served remaining in their homes free of abuse and neglect and avoiding entry or re-entry into foster care. The remainder of clients served were reunited with their parents after fulfilling their case plans.

KIDS Personal Safety provides age-appropriate workshops on identification and prevention techniques to children in Manatee County schools.  

KIDS Advocates use puppets, stories, videos, music, and role-playing during presentations to fully engage young children and deliver education in a manner that will make them remember and recognize child abuse. 

For the year ending September 30, 2021, over 11,000 Manatee County students received personal safety presentations. Of these, 217 reported child abuse or threats to their personal safety. 

MCS parenting programs are dedicated to helping parents reach their full potential and become their child’s greatest role model. We offer two parenting programs to help families thrive: BRIC (Building Resilience in Communities) and FPRP (Family Preservation and Reunification Program). 

Through BRIC, a 16-week Nurturing Parenting Program, clients develop plans for success with their parenting specialist or therapist to focus on their individual family needs. All participants graduate “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children,” a sexual abuse prevention and personal safety training. 

Through FPRP, families who are in the process of reunifying receive parenting education in both English and Spanish. Families work closely with their assigned parenting coach to develop success plans, with the goal of meeting all objectives within three to nine months. 

Through our parenting programs, parents will be able to increase parenting knowledge, decrease parental stress, identify parenting strengths, receive community support and resources, and gain skills that help reduce the risks of child abuse in the home. 

For the year ending September 30, 2021, MCS parenting programs achieved a 98% success rate with 61 of the 62 high-risk parents who completed the program having no verified findings of child abuse within 18 months of completion. 

How to help our prevention programs

  • Art and recreational supplies for family bonding (craft kits, board games, building kits, etc.) 
  • New socks, shoes, and underwear (all sizes) 
  • School uniforms (all sizes) 
  • New household items for reunified families (dishes, bedding, and furniture) 
  • Gift cards for children and families to purchase personal items 
  • Gift cards for family experiences/outings 
  • Gift cards for groceries and gas 
  • General monetary donations for unrestricted funds to support program operating expenses 

For more information on our Prevention programs, contact Jocina Newsome, Prevention Services Coordinator (jocinan@mcsfl.com)  

MCS provides a full spectrum of programs serving over 16,000 children and families annually. Since its inception in 1977 as the Manatee County’s first and only emergency shelter for abused children in foster care, MCS has grown to offer programs in treatment, prevention, intervention, and residential services.  

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1227 9th Avenue West
Bradenton FL, 34205

941-345-1200
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