Family Visions NC, Inc. is a non-profit agency located in Charlotte, NC. Family Visions NC, Inc. is a fatherhood Initiative. The role of non-custodial fathers in the lives of low-income families has received increased attention in the past decade. As welfare reform has placed time limits on cash benefits, policymakers and program administrators have become interested in increasing financial support from non-custodial parents as a way to reduce poverty among low-income children. Although child support enforcement efforts have increased dramatically in recent years, there is evidence that many low-income fathers cannot afford to meet their child support obligations without impoverishing themselves or their families. Instead, many fathers accumulate child support debts that may lead them to evade the child support system and see less of their children.
To address these complex issues, Family Visions NC, Inc. will focus on developing and delivering services and options to help low-income non-custodial fathers including, low-income African-American/Latino non-custodial fathers who have been incarcerated, and juvenile fathers starting at the age of 14 years. Family Visions NC, Inc., will explore with these populations’ education opportunities, explore martial options, find more stable and better-paying jobs, to help pay child support consistently, and become more involved parents.
Family Visions NC, Inc. endeavors to become an innovative and accountable effective court connection program that works with non-custodial low-income fathers. Family Visions NC, Inc. seeks to address a void in the court and the child support enforcement agency.
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1. First, KEEP YOUR PROMISE! Your kids are depending on you, and kept promises are an important way you can create stability during a time of uncertainty. Each broken promise, no matter how small, reduces their trust in you a little bit, and can really erode over time. So, think before you speak, and do everything you can to keep your word.
2.Show your kids that you’ll be okay. For them to feel confident and at peace, they have to see that you are. If it’s obvious that you’re devastated, they’ll be insecure. That doesn’t mean you never show weaknesses; honesty is critical. But show them in words and actions that you can make it through the tough times.
3. SUPPORT THEIR MOTHER! Impossible, you say? It’s a vital element of any healthy family—intact or otherwise. Recognize that cutting her down lowers you in the long run. Help them honor her as their mother. Work out disagreements in private.
4. Be the BEST parent YOU can be. That’s all you can control anyway. They need patience and understanding, fair limits, balance and consistency from you, so don’t try to counteract their mom’s parenting style. It brings more harm than good.
5. Finally, BE INVOLVED FOR THE LONG HAUL! It sounds obvious, but it’s amazing how many divorced dads get sidetracked by a new job, a different city, or a new relationship—maybe with a new family—and lose track of the sincere commitments they made to their children. Being a positive influence in your kids’ lives means being there when they need you, for small and big things.
- BE PROACTIVE AS OPPOSED TO REACTIVE!
- Read to Your Kids. You’ve heard this a thousand times before, but recent studies show that kids take the most interest in reading when both mom and dad (no just mom) read to them. So, find a favorite book and start reading together.
- Know What They’re Studying. Know what’s being taught and talk about it with your kids over dinner, or do activities that reinforce the subject matter. Civil war on the docket this year? Find a memorial to visit or watch a movie like Gettysburg.
- Be There. 90% of success in life is just showing up. Research shows that just by being present and talking to your kids about the importance of school, you will help them succeed.
Getting Involved in Your Child’s School
When you get involved, not only does your child achieve more, but you can help create a school of high-achieving kids. Here are some ideas for getting involved in your child’s school.
Go Into Class. Use one of your vacation days or some personal time to volunteer in the classroom. It’s a good use of your leave – we promise. Your mere presence communicates something powerful – kids often don’t see men in school.
Meet the Teacher. Attend back to school night and parent-teacher conferences. This is a great way to keep up with what is being taught this year.
Coach a Team. Coach your child’s soccer, baseball, football, etc. team. You’ll be involved on a regular basis and you’ll get to encourage your child’s classmates.
Join the PTA/PTO. Don’t want to be the only man? Recruit another dad to join you.
Join Charlotte Mecklenburg County School Parent University. Parent University is a community collaborative led by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to help parents become full partners in their children’s education. CMS partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free courses, family events and activities that will equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and confidence.