Mission of Maxie’s HOUSE

Mission of Maxie's HOUSE

To uphold and promote the physical and emotional safety of our children living in more than one home by offering a national resource center, programs, and other forms of support.

Safety Wizard

Goal:

  • Provide a state-specific, practical tool for parents and an educational resource which will allow them to create a personalized safety and custody plan.
  • Strategy:

  • Develop proprietary software utilizing checklists, pop-up windows and video tutorials to create a shared custody plan appropriate for submission directly to the court, or as a starting point for discussion with an attorney.

Family Law Consortium

Goals:

  • Provide professional education.
  • Create a consortium of well-respected, specially trained experienced attorneys and other legal professionals who represent families and the family court system
  • Create educational programs that provide CLE units
  • Develop a national network of attorneys willing to provide pro-bono assistance
  • Develop a referral system for parents through Family Law Consortium members.
  • Facilitate communication with local, state and national politicians through the use of direct links to contact lawmakers regarding state-specific child safety issues.

C.S.M.A.R.T - Communication. Social Media. Awareness. Resources. Technology

Goals:

  • Use social media as a communication and teaching tool incorporating the following: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, a moderated chat room, The Maxie's H.O.U.S.E. website Vlog, www.maxieshouse.org, a Maxie's H.O.U.S.E. e-Newsletter.
  • Develop safety videos series utilizing teens to teach children ages 5-13.
  • Create a National Online Research and Resource Center.

Maxie's Living Room

Goal: Provide child safety classes to children and parents

Goals:

  • Establish community outreach programs in the form of psychoeducational groups with a focus on safety, resiliency and communication skills.
  • Facilitate separate, simultaneous group programs for adults and children.
  • Design age-appropriate curriculum according to developmental needs.
  • Conduct empirical research and evaluate outcome data, identifying successful components of group programs.
  • Establish a Child's Bill of Rights.

National Resource Center
Provide comprehensive data and statistics for blended families to help them understand the safety challenges for children who live in more than one home and how to overcome them. Examples of the resources provided include but are not limited to:

  • Recommended reading lists for parents so they can educate themselves about how to best ensure the safety of their children
  • Provide links to data from state and federal sources that document the safety needs and concerns for children who live in more than one home
  • How to guides on how to find and work with professionals such as lawyers, educators, parenting coordinators, investigators and other people who work in the realm of blended families and child safety
  • Warning signs in children if they are feeling unsafe or traumatized
  • Sample family/child safety plans as it relates to the introduction of additional adults into the children's lives.

Programming

Provide child safety classes to children and parents.

  • Create and provide curriculum for online and in person delivery that teaches children how to identify and work with "safe" adults to create an additional support network outside the home through age appropriate activities.
  • Create and provide curriculum for online and in person delivery to teach parents how to minimize the conflict their children experience
  • Create and provide curriculum for online and in person workshops for parents to identify the warning signs that something unsafe might be happening with their child when out of their care
  • Create and provide curriculum for online and in person delivery that teaches parents how to get help for their child(ren) once safety issues have arisen.
  • Educate parents about the roles that various professionals play in the custody and support process and what kind of help they should expect from each through one-on-one coaching, in person and online classes
  • Create and provide online curriculum that teaches parents how to find help when safety concerns arise.
  • Create and provide online curriculum and ongoing in person programs that encourage a constructive co-parenting relationship between both parents
  • Encourage parents to perform background checks on all adults living with the children and provide the results to the other parent.

Provide parent support groups

  • Create an environment where parents can share success stories and help each other navigate the system through small in-person group classes
  • Create and administer curriculum for online and in person classes that teaches parents how to find help when safety concerns arise and gives group members the opportunity to share success stories and strategies.
  • Create and administer curriculum for online and in person classes that encourage a constructive co-parenting relationship between both parents
  • Work with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts to enhance the education of members and professionals both in Arizona and nationally on current safety challenges and solutions for children from blended families.
  • Encourage professionals to become better trained and better aware of the warning signs of unsafe home environments for children of blended families by providing seminars and coursework for their required CPE (Continuing Professional Education) training.
  • Work with family law attorneys and judges to encourage parents during the separation/divorce process to create a family safety plan that addresses how new adults will be introduced to the children and the households and incorporate the safety plan it into their parenting plan.