FAMILIES IN TRANSITION THE ONLY SERVICE PROVIDER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE CERTIFIED IN TOUCHPOINTS TRAINING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2012
For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – 603.641.9441 ext.239

PHOTO: TOUCHING MORE FAMILIES. Families in Transition (FIT) staff received training in Brazelton Touchpoints facilitated by three of their own staff members who are certified trainers, making it the only Touchpoints site in New Hampshire. Touchpoints promotes the mission of optimizing family and community resources to build strong foundations of learning and development in the early years of childhood. The training will help FIT to strengthen family relationships through the youth programming and the social services they provide.

Touchpoints Provides Tools to Strengthen Family Relationships and Enable Successful Early Learners

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition, a Manchester- and Concord-based homeless services provider, conducted two-day intensive training sessions on Brazelton Touchpoints for the entire staff. Now they are the first and only homelessness agency in the state of New Hampshire to have their entire staff trained in Touchpoints. Touchpoints is dedicated to optimizing family and community resources to build strong foundations of learning and development in the earliest years of childhood.

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center, headquartered in Boston, MA, was created by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton with the mission of strengthening the families of young children and the systems of care that surround them so that all children—regardless of their cultural, socioeconomic, psychological, emotional health, or environmental challenges—will be successful early learners and have the opportunity to thrive. Touchpoints offer opportunities for providers to engage in care giving relationships between children and families. With an approach introduced by Touchpoints, providers “touch” into the family system to help parents understand the behavior and strengths of their child and form a stronger emotional attachment.

Families in Transition provides programming and comprehensive social services to all participants, many of whom are families with young children. FIT promotes their belief in the strength of families through their youth programming and therapeutic childcare center. A combination of homeless-informed childcare, family therapy and the opportunities for social activities is used to increase positive family interaction and cohesion.

FIT President Maureen Beauregard states, “Families in Transition is dedicated to providing only the most effective services to those we serve. Now that our staff is trained in Touchpoints, we have more tools to strengthen family relationships and promote unity. Touchpoints will help ensure that our families and children are receiving the highest quality care while they build the skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and stability while they are in our program,” continued Beauregard.

The certified trainers on FIT staff are Stephanie Savard, Cathy Kuhn and Kristen Valente, who can also conduct trainings for other agencies in New Hampshire. For more information about the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, visit http://www.brazeltontouchpoints.org/.

Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH, as well as a newly established commercial cleaning company, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the stores, commercial cleaning company, or trainings on Touchpoints, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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