TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Human Services honored Family & Children’s Services this week with a State Coordinator’s Award for its efforts helping parents stay connected to their children after divorce or an ended relationship.
DHS praised F&CS’ Parent Connections program, which F&CS contracts with DHS to provide, as the model for the state, crediting it with numerous advancements among its Child Support Services clients in the Tulsa area.
“This is a huge honor for our hardworking employees in Parent Connections,” said Claudia Arthrell, F&CS senior director of professional services, who oversees the program.
Parent Connections staff help clients with visitation plans, reducing arguing with the other parent, improving parent-child relationships and locating services.
F&CS is expanding the Child Support Services portion of the program, which served 570 people in Tulsa County in 2014, to include Creek and Rogers counties.
Parent Connections also offers parenting classes through F&CS’ central office, 650 S. Peoria Ave., in helping children cope with divorce, cooperative parenting and divorce, active parenting for step families, and surviving conflict.
For more information, go to www.fcsok.org, or contact F&CS Chief Communications and Development Officer Melanie Henry at 918-560-1128.
About Family & Children’s Services
For 90 years, Family & Children’s Services has been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. The agency restores children’s well-being, heals victims of abuse, strengthens individuals and families, and provides hope and recovery for adults suffering from mental illness and addictions. Today, its life-changing services help one in six Tulsans.
Family & Children’s Services is a partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. F&CS is also a member of the following national organizations: Mental Health Corporations of America and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. F&CS is certified with distinction as a community mental health center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. F&CS is also certified with distinction as a Community Mental Health Center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, F&CS is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and certified with distinction as a Gambling Treatment Program.