Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14

The Council on Chemical Abuse’s Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth ages 10-14 helps participating Berks County families build stronger bonds. We are now moving to an in-person format which includes one session per week for 7 weeks. Each session includes a family meal and fun family activities as well as separate programs for adults and children.

Our next cohort will begin in April. Please fill out the form below to be contacted about our spring 2023 cohort.


Join our April cohort!

Next session will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30-8 PM, April 12 - May 24, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W Main St. in Kutztown.

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Contact
Alicia Kline

Click here to email Alicia Kline today. You can also call
(610) 376-8669 - EXT. 121

What Berks Families are Saying About the Program

“It is a great opportunity to spend time with your youth and to practice difficult conversations.” 

“The sacrifice of your time is worth it. You will learn something about your child you did not know.” 

“Sacrificing the time to attend all sessions is totally worth it. You will learn new things, create memories, and meet new people.”

“Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to participate. I am a mental health counselor working mainly with children and adolescents, and, as a parent, I feel that prevention is the best way to go. I wanted my son who is in this crucial age to learn from you guys.”

About the Program

Watch this short video for a preview of the program

About the curriculum

The scientifically tested curriculum helps parents/caregivers learn skills to nurture, effectively discipline and guide youth ● Gives youth a healthy future orientation and an increased appreciation of parents/caregivers ● Teaches youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure.


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Strengthening Families Curriculum

The program focuses on seven different topics that address youth risk and protective factors. Learn more

About COCA's Strengthening Families Program (SFP 10-14)

Is there a cost?

No. Participating families attend at no cost, and all materials will be supplied for free. Costs for the program are funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

How is the virtual program different than an in-person program?

In person sessions meet once a week, with adults and children attending at the same time, but in separate groups, concluding with a joint family session. Dinner is provided. The virtual sessions will consist of two evenings per week for a seven-week period. One evening will feature programming for kids only, and one will be for adults and families together.

Who can attend?

This program is for Berks County families who have children aged 10-14. Please note: this is not a remedial program. It is intended for any family seeking to guide youth and teach children the skills to avoid peer pressure and deal with stress.

How is the program structured?

Parents and youth meet in separate groups. During the first weekly session, youth meet. During the second weekly session adults meet first, then together with their families  to practice skills, play games, and do family projects. Each week, families focus on a different topic aimed at helping participants build skills, solve problems and increase family bonding.

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