Testimonials

Children in Between

"Just wanted to let you know that about two days ago I was scolding my boys for misbehavior and just then I realized I was going about it all wrong, according to what I learned in your family program. So, I took a few minutes break. Thought it through, and then came back to the boys and approached it a different way, following the recommendations of the program. I can safely say that I am a better parent because of the program. Thank you!"

Strengthening Families Program – Beachwood, NJ

“I have been searching for answers all of my life and I found many of them in this program. We had the opportunity to meet beautiful people with some of the same struggles that we encountered as a family. In this program we found that we have a lot in common with other families in this community. We have different stories, but in many ways they are the same stories. This program brought a lot of positive energy into our family. This program taught me how to communicate effectively with my daughter. As a single mother with three children, it isn’t always easy to communicate and this program helped me to find better ways to do so. Strengthening Families makes me feel like we are going to be a better family. I learned to speak nicely to family members when sad or mad. I shouldn’t blow up in anger or burst out crying, but if I have to cry I should. Strengthening Families is making my family stronger.”

Strengthening Families Program – Fair Lawn, NJ

SFP was a great program for our entire family. It was worth the time invested in come to the sessions. My wife and I got clarity on the importance of complimenting good behavior and alternate ways of disciplining and limiting our children's behavior. The leaders were easy to follow and we were impressed with their listening skills balanced with their sense of humor. They created a safe atmosphere to share our experiences without reservation. We learned skills to apply to our daily life with our kids. We have more work to do to implement all the techniques presented in the class, but see what we have to do. We are grateful for having a program like this available.

Strengthening families has been a great experience for us and we highly recommend this program. The facilitators were very easy to talk to, extremely knowledgeable and provided us with the tools necessary to face the upcoming adolescent years. We feel better able to handle those difficult situations and are seeing improved results at the time. It is not easy being a parent in today's world and I think the discussion, tools and handouts and camaraderie with other parents is invaluable.

I think coming back this 2nd time has helped us get new insight and learn more about one another. we are learning to be more patient and not to put blame before knowing what happened. This experience has helped me as a single parent to have more patience and better listening skills when it comes to my kids. I am more confident that we will be better and love one mother more. Working with Allison Goldschlag is always great, as she has this calming and non-stress way about her. I can ask a question and know she will help guide me in the right direction. This program I think is an asset in Fair Lawn and to the families with need it. Getting us different ideas about handling all types of different situations. I would come back again if it were available for more ideas.

The best program to bring the family together. Facing the real issues of a daily teenager and learning how to cope with it.

SF has been very beneficial for me and my family. I feel fortunate and blessed hearing about it and participating. This kind of program is needed by families in this day. After completing the 7 week sessions I feel more prepared and have more resources to use wisely when it comes to discipline and structuring my family. Thanks to Barnabas Health IFP for providing SFP. Thanks to all the staff for their professionalism and dedication towards the success of this program.

We loved coming to SFP! As we live a hectic lifestyle, the sit down dinner was just what we needed to catch up with each other and relax and talk. I enjoyed learning ways to express my feeling in a more productive way. And also, seeing the project the kids did and how my daughter expressed herself. I think Project TALK is a great program and appreciate the counselor for all of their hard work.

Strengthening Families Program

“Strengthening Families has taught us to balance love and limits and has empowered us both to take on an equal portion of the discipline. We are supporting each other. I think most importantly, we have all learned to listen and validate each person’s feelings before reacting.”

- Mitch H., Brick, NJ

“One thing that Deena said really resonated with me: You are the first and last teacher your children ever have. I think about this every day. Even though I did not have the greatest upbringing, I want to be the best parent I can be for my kids and this program helped me to come to that realization.”

“What amazed me the most about Strengthening Families was the thoroughness of the program, and I benefited a lot from each of the lessons.”

“This program was wonderful. It got us through our family crisis, and helped me and my kids.”

“Strengthening Families brought us together and improved our communication with one another.”

“Unfortunately, substance abuse touches many families, but this program DOES help to keep families together. It teaches us that bad things don’t have to be a tragedy and they can be worked through.”

From a Probation Officer: “I just wanted to thank you for the amazing program that your agency provides for the community.”

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