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Church to give parenting classes due to high number of Hancock Co. children in foster care

To help families in crisis, church members designed a curriculum for parenting classes which has since been approved by the Hancock County Youth Court. (Photo source: WLOX) To help families in crisis, church members designed a curriculum for parenting classes which has since been approved by the Hancock County Youth Court. (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

A child advocacy group says while Hancock County has the highest number of children in foster care in the state, there are limited options for people to take the parenting classes often ordered by the court to get their children back. Hope Haven officials said that is why they are pleased that a Bay St. Louis church is stepping up to offer those classes and help put families back together.

Members of Calvary Chapel want to paint a brighter future for the 430 Hancock County children currently in foster care.

Rev. Frank Griffin said, "A lot of families, they're separated. But we believe by going through these classes it's actually going to help bring families back together."

To help families in crisis, church members designed a curriculum for parenting classes which has since been approved by the Hancock County Youth Court.  

"We sat down and just took a very practical approach to what do you need to know whenever you are parenting," said Tammie Wise. church member and program coordinator. "The health issues, the emotional issues. How the outside world has an effect. How to discipline. All of those things. We're thinking to not just say this is what you should do but also give practical hints and applications on how to do them." 

The six week course will be team taught by a teacher, a nurse, and a counselor and touch on topics like health, discipline, and dealing with emotional issues. 

"We're hoping that this will grow into a family support mentoring program," said Wise. "Something where not just saying there's the information, now go with it. We'd like for them to come back and get whatever help that they can and know that we're here." 

Calvary chapel said parents who come for help should know no one is judging them. 

"When they realize that we're all people who need help. We're all in this together. All of us need help in some kind of way."said Rev. Griffin. "We're not a church of condemnation. We are a church that extends the love of Christ and allow Him deal with the hearts of  people." 

"I want them to be able to enjoy their children. When you get so caught up in surviving the day, you forget this is a time that is never going to be repeated," Wise. 

Church members said their motto is to make Calvary Chapel a caring place for a hurting world. The course starts Monday, July 6 at 6pm and will continue every Monday night for six weeks. People must attend all classes to receive a certification of completion. The fee is $10 and the classes are also open to any parent wanting to attend, not just court ordered. To register call (228) 467-8375 or email AboveTheWavesCCBSL@gmail.com. 

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