Wilson County DSS earns award for parenting program

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The Wilson County Department of Social Services has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

The association recognized the DSS Strengthening Families Parenting Program in the Human Services category.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from NACo,” said Wilson County DSS Director Glenn Osborne. “Strengthening Families is such an outstanding program. Over the years, we have received an overwhelmingly positive response back from the participating families. We are pleased to be able to provide the Strengthening Families program in our community.”

Strengthening Families is an evidence-based family skills training program that improves parenting skills and family relationships and aims to reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children while improving school performance. The 14-week curriculum, provided in both English and Spanish in Wilson County, works with parents and children ages 6 to 11 and is offered by the agency twice a year, serving 40 families. The program is operated through grant funding from the N.C. Division of Social Services.

“Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day,” said NACo President Roy Charles Brooks. “Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 categories that reflect the comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and more.

NACo recognized award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition in July in Nashville, Tennessee.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.