Seeking Parental Involvement
The Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) for the County of Stafford, which oversees local activities under the Children's Services Act (CSA) Program, is seeking greater parental involvement in this process. Therefore, we actively recruit parent volunteers to serve on one of several Family Assessment and Planning Teams (FAPT) or the CPMT.
Each FAPT reviews the needs of certain at risk children and makes recommendations regarding service plans. Development of service plans involves the assessment of needs and strengths and identification of resources that might include provision of family and/or individual counseling placement in a residential facility, involvement in a mentoring program, and other similar item. The teams include members representing Stafford County Social Services, the public school system, the Juvenile Justice Court Services Unit, and the Mental Health Board. The addition of parental volunteers to this membership helps ensure that a variety of perspectives and alternatives are considered in identifying and securing resources for at-risk children and their families.
We are also actively interested in increasing parental involvement on the local CPMT. This body is responsible for reviewing FAPT recommendations and approving appropriation of funds to support proposed services plans. Membership on the CPMT mirrors that of the FAPTs.
Parents, 25 years of age or older, who reside in the County of Stafford are invited to make application to serve on a FAPT or CPMT. Volunteers selected to serve will work cooperatively with representatives from several human services agencies to assist at-risk children/youth and their families to access resources through CSA.
Applicants must be available to participate in regularly scheduled FAPT meetings twice a month for approximately six hours. Volunteers to the CPMT must be available to meet once a month for approximately two hours. Volunteer parents, with children any age, should possess:
- A commitment to children/youth and related issues
- A willingness to follow through on commitments
- Ability to work well on a team
- An understanding of the need for confidentiality
- People skills that include good communication skills
- Some knowledge of at-risk children / youth and their behaviors, needs, and other similar attributes
Interested volunteers should contact the CSA office at (540) 658-4622 and complete an Application for FAPT/CPMT Parent Representatives.