July 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ann Gaasch, Executive Director
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Since 2009, the Carlson Family Foundation and FamilyWise have partnered together to serve high-risk teen mothers and their children. Our partnership continues with a recent grant of $10,000 from the Foundation to support FamilyWise’s Bright Beginnings service. This unique program matches pregnant and/or parenting youth ages 14-21 with a caring adult mentor and assists them in creating safe and healthy environments for themselves and their infants. Youth also receive an array of services from FamilyWise’s multi-disciplinary staff including parent education, independent living skills and one-on-one therapeutic parent-child interaction coaching. There are also weekly and monthly group components to the program where youth have the opportunity to connect around the community for both peer support and interactive learning opportunities.
Developed in 2006, Bright Beginnings is recognized with Expert Status by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota’s Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP) assessment tool. In consideration of FamilyWise’s ongoing success with this program, Executive Director Ann Gaasch was appointed to the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota’s Program Services Council in 2015.
About Carlson Family Foundation
The Curtis L. Carlson Foundation was established in 1950 by American businessman and Carlson founder Curtis L. Carlson. Later, the name was changed to the Carlson Family Foundation to include the entire family in Curtis’ long-term philanthropic vision of giving back to the community which gave to him. Through investments in education and mentoring for children and at-risk youth, the Foundation actively participates in creating strong, healthy communities and a competitive workforce.
Since 1976, FamilyWise has been keeping children safe and helping families gain the stability needed to lead healthy and productive lives. FamilyWise provides parent education, comprehensive support services, and supervised visitation and safe exchange services to at-risk children and families experiencing trauma. Over 1,600 families were served in 2015 and nearly 2,150 children were kept safe while parents learned to help them achieve age-appropriate developmental milestones.