MOUNT MORRIS — The Livingston County Department of Social Services (DSS) Child Protective Unit donated to the Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension Parent Education Program in an effort to ensure that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their family.

Earlier this year, DSS encouraged individuals and organizations to make the county a better place for children and their families by conducting an awareness campaign and fundraising effort in collaboration with the District Attorney’s office and Domestic Violence Consortium. Bracelets with the message “Preventing is protecting” were available for purchase.

At the conclusion of the fundraiser, Child Protective Case Supervisor Marsha Mitchell presented a check for $600 to CCE Livingston County Parent Educator DeAnna Croteau.

“This generous donation will allow 8-10 parents to take one of our courses free of charge,” said Croteau.

This October, Croteau is offering a new parenting course called “PS: It Works!” at the Mt. Morris CSD. Adapted from CCE’s Parenting Skills Workshop Series, “PS: It Works!” is an eight-week hands-on skill building program that helps parents and caregivers develop communication techniques that improve behavior and overall family functioning through modeling and role playing.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County collaborates with the Department of Social Services in a number of areas. In addition to referrals for family strengthening and parent education classes, DSS refers income-qualified families to CCE’s Traffic Safety Program for car seats and education on how to install them properly.

The CCE Livingston County Traffic Safety Education program also offers child passenger safety awareness training for DSS staff who transport children, and supplies the agency with appropriate car seats.

To learn more about the Parent Education program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County, visit www.ccelivingstoncounty.org or contact DeAnna Croteau at 585-991-5420 | 585-335-1752. Group classes are offered in Fall and Spring, and individual classes are offered upon request.