- Butler County Children Services or the Juvenile or Common Pleas Court refer the family.
- DLS staff assess the family’s needs.
- A DLS Instructor and Children Services caseworker visit the family.
- The instructor and caseworker discuss goals with the family and clarify needs.
- The DLS Instructor meets at least once a week in the family’s home to deliver a 1-hour educational lesson.
- The goal is for the family to complete the program in approximately 5-7 months with evidence of progress.
Find our DLS Brochure here.
What DLS Can Do:
- Listen to our clients
- Teach parenting and adult life skills
- Provide research-based information
- Follow the family’s values
- Guide the family toward their goals
- Observe parent-child interactions
- Observe practices in adult life skills
- Refer to resources
- Share our observations and teaching topics through monthly report and lesson observation forms
- Call or email BCCS with concerns
What DLS Can’t Do:
- Make parents change
- Provide tangible resources
- Judge a parent’s ability to parent
- Make recommendations
- Supervise visits
- Access reports of criminal behavior or domestic violence
- Operate outside of The Ohio State University policy
- Travel outside of Butler County