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New Beginnings (for children of divorce)

Blueprints Program Rating: Model

A 10-session group program, with two individual sessions, for divorced mothers and their children to promote resilience in children after parental divorce.

As a program that prevents a number of negative outcomes for children of divorcing parents, New Beginnings can potentially be supported by funding streams aimed at preventing substance abuse and behavior problems. It can also be supported by parent education funding streams and state and local dollars for court-required parent education for divorcing parents, as well as parent fees.

Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds

Many states and localities require or offer parent education to divorcing parents. Education programs required by and offered by courts are frequently very brief, while some states include community-based offerings that may be longer. Individuals interested in implementing the New Beginnings program should investigate court required or offered parent education in their state or community. There may be opportunities to make the case to those administering and making decisions about parent education programs in the courts that New Beginnings should be included among the options that parents can opt to participate in.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State and local mental/behavioral health funding sources are a key source of support for the New Beginnings program. State and local funds to support delinquency prevention, as well as child welfare prevention funds, could also be considered.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds:

  • The Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHSBG) can fund a variety of mental health promotion and intervention activities and is a potential source of support for New Beginnings.
  • The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) funds a variety of substance abuse prevention programs and is another potential source of support for New Beginnings.
  • Title IV-B, Parts 1 & 2 provides fairly flexible funding to state child welfare agencies for child welfare services including prevention and family preservation activities.

Discretionary Grants: Federal discretionary grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the US Department of Health and Human Services can be source of funding.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundations, especially those with a stated interest in parent education and the wellbeing of vulnerable children and families, can provide funding for initial training and program materials purchase.

Generating New Revenue

Parent fees can be an important source of support for the program.