The Nurturing Parenting Program provides in-home parenting skills instruction for at-risk Sault Tribe members and their families. Participation in the program is most often court ordered as part of a reunification plan. It is also available on a voluntary basis.

Based on the immediate and long-term needs of the family, instruction is provided on a number of matters such as child development, budgeting, coping with stress, health and nutrition. The program also includes a structured parent-child interaction component, which is highly effective in allowing the provider to interact and model lessons learned and coach the parents when dealing with the real behavior of their own children. This hands-on service application also serves to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Parenting education serves to reinforce parents’ confidence in their individual strengths and assist them in identifying areas needing improvement.

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