HCS offers counseling service to parents, children

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Program funded through $1.1 million federal grant

By Kelly Cantrall

Hardin County Schools is hoping to address some school-related issues by targeting relationships in the home.

HCS has started a Student/Parenting Counseling Program open to all county residents. The district likely will begin its next six-week stint of sessions in the summer.

The program just finished its first set of weekly sessions, in which nine families took part, said Robert King, principal of Brown Street Alternative Education Center. The program is funded through a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity, which focuses on dropout prevention and credit recovery.

Parents and their children, who can range from elementary to high school age, attend weekly sessions for six weeks at Brown Street. They meet with a counselor who works with the family to discuss parenting strategies and responsibilities of the children, he said. Parents can learn about setting boundaries for their children and solutions to issues in their home. Parents and children also will have an opportunity to have a dialogue with each other with the assistance of a counselor.

“It provided a unique opportunity for them to express how they feel,” he said.

King said often parents didn’t have many parenting role models growing up and struggle with what to do with their own children.

Assisting with problems at home in turn improves issues such as dropout rates, he said.

“They go hand in hand,” he said.

King said the district hopes to offer the program at least three times a year. The grant will pay for the program for three years.

Child care and dinner also are provided, he said.

Those interested in attending the next sessions can contact King at (270) 877-2100 or at robert.king@hardin.kyschools.us, or the Family Resource Center at their child’s school. Military families receive priority, but the program is open to anyone in Hardin County.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.