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C.O.P.E. celebrates its second annual Tips For Change fundraiser at Gianni’s Italian Bistro. Participants enjoyed fine dining while supporting a good cause. C.O.P.E. staff served a total of

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C.O.P.E. staff had a blast serving a large crowd gourmet Italian cuisine and would like to say:

Programs and Services:


Anger Management

This program is designed to help individuals recognize and manage anger. By gaining a better understanding of self, we will learn to better control our anger so that it does not lead to violent outbursts or actions that are harmful to others. The purpose of the program is to develop the proper tools to help recognize and normalize anger, gain a better understanding and control of self.

Our twenty-six week Court Mandated classes teach adults or teens different ways to manage stress and improve emotional intelligence and communication. Class overview


Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

We provide Triple P, Positive Parenting Program, a parenting curriculum that has years of research and evidence proving it helps in the prevention and treatment of behavioral, emotional and developmental problems with children. It does so by increasing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents. Parents of difficult to manage children who are demanding, disobedient, defiant, aggressive or generally disruptive are likely to benefit from Triple P. Program overview

Parent Education Classes


Supporting Father Involvement (SFI)

C.O.P.E. Family Support Center recognizes the importance of the father’s role in their child’s life. We promote father involvement. When fathers are more involved in parenting – healthier families and children are the outcome.

Based on research evidence that father involvement emerges in the context of a system of relationships, each group meeting will emphasize one of these central aspects of family life.

Discussion will include:

Individual adjustment (self-confidence, depression, anxiety).

Increase parents’ ability to work together to problem solve and decrease conflict (co-parent relationship quality).

To increase fathers’ involvement and the use of age appropriate parenting strategies (skills and confidence in parenting).

Find ways to break negative cycles of intergenerational cycles of harsh treatment, neglect and abuse (three-generational family patterns).

Develop strategies for coping with stresses on the family including work, support or lack of support from friends and family, and family-relation policies in the surrounding community and state agencies (external stressors).  Class overview


Bullying Program

School Staff/Teacher support in identify and intervene in bullying behavior as well as create a positive climate in the classroom.  Class overview

Parent Workshops teach strategies and support parents of children involved in any aspect of bullying or in need of general information. Class overview

Additional Parenting Tools

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C.O.P.E. Family Support Center is a nonprofit organization. C.O.P.E Family Support Center relies on grants and tax deductible donations in order to provide FREE SERVICES to all parents who are in need, and ensure that they receive support and education when facing challenges in parenting and family management. All donations and/or contributions are tax deductible and we are happy to furnish our tax identification number.



At C.O.P.E we believe in the importance of having a safe place to call home. If you or someone you know needs housing assistance, please call 211 or click on the links below for community housing resources.

East County:

Love A Child Missions – Bay Point

Central County:

Shelter Inc. – Pittsburg & Martinez

West County:

Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)

Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM)

Snapshot Stories

Parent 1:

What strategies worked well for you?

“Being at close arm length, direct, and using short, specific directions has really helped me and my daughter.”

What has changed for you since you started the class?

“A lot. So much more patience with me, now knowing what to expect and using age appropriate techniques. Before the class, I talked to my daughter, but I noticed after taking the class, I was talking at my daughter. Now I’m more specific and taking time to let my daughter do things herself. I used to tell her to ‘hurry, hurry, hurry,’ but now I take time to let her learn.”

How are you feeling after taking the class?

“A lot better. A lot less stressed, me and her Dad are going through a separation, which has been really stressful. Knowing when to sit down and talk to family and friends when I’m going through problems has helped a lot. Before, I kept everything in, because I didn’t want my family and friends to know I was hurting; I wanted to feel like I could do it all by myself. I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. But I learned to open up a little, talk more, cry more. It’s ok to cry.”

Final thoughts/suggestions?

“These classes helped so much; there is help out there.”


Parent 2:

What did you like most about the class?

“I like that parenting is taken seriously; they (Practitioners) wanted to help us. When you have a baby, they don’t give you instructions; I didn’t know anything, didn’t know who to ask.”

What were your favorite strategies?

“Clear information and instructions, what to expect, how not to be frustrated. I liked praising, rewarding and Quiet-Time the best.”

How are you feeling after taking the class?

“Before, it was very stressful. What helped most as knowing my son is not doing bad behavior on purpose, there is a reason for why children behave. I want to bring the strategies to life and use them.”

Would you recommend Triple P to a friend, family member or colleague?

“Yes, go for it! This class will help you learn how not to be frustrated, how to enjoy parenting.”

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