Family Education Program to host Family Bowling Day Feb. 20

AA022464Families who have a child with a mental health diagnosis may enjoy an afternoon of free bowling on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lakeview Lanes, Route 3 in Fulton.

The event is sponsored by Family Education and Partnership program. Complimentary pizza and soda will be provided.

A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Family Education and Partnerships program offers support and information to parents, caregivers, and siblings of children and adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis.

The Family Education and Partnerships program provides families with a number of resources such as educational sessions, skill building exercises, guest speakers, and activity nights.

The focus of the program is to reduce stress on the families involved by supporting and empowering parents and caregivers, and families.

According to program Supervisor Gail Cooper, the Family Education and Partnership program does more than provide information and access to resources.

“The personal touch that the Family Education and Partnership provides is what makes the program so effective,” said Cooper. “Our family activity events and our group meetings offer parents, caregivers, and siblings the opportunity to meet other families who share the same concerns and discuss their experiences.

“It’s an important part of the program as it may be the only chance that families with children or adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis have to network with each other,” added Cooper.

The bowling day will offer families the opportunity to learn more about the program and how it may enhance the quality of their life.

“Our staff will be there to welcome families, make them feel comfortable, and discuss the details of the program,” said Cooper. “We also welcome input from each family as to what their needs are and what issues they would like to see addressed.

“We are looking forward to meeting families, discovering their needs and receiving their input as to what issues they would like to see the Family Education Partnerships program address,” added Cooper.

Reservations are required for the Family Education and Partnerships Program’s Bowling Day no later than Monday, Feb. 18 and may be made by calling Gail Cooper or LouAnn Collins-Warren at 598-3980, ext. 249.

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