PAFC selected to implement parenting program for Filipino immigrant families

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO. The Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. (PAFC)

was one of five Asian American-serving community-based organizations selected by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement Strengthening Intergenerational/Inter-cultural Ties in Immigrant Families (SITIF), a parenting program designed to improve intergenerational/inter-cultural ties in Asian American families. Over the past 6 months, five members of PAFC participated in an intensive training program consisting of an 2 1/2 day on-site training and four follow-up coaching sessions with SITIF program founder, Dr. Rocco Cheng. PAFC will offer the 8-10 week parenting program in the Spring of 2019. The program is open to Filipino American families in the D.C metro area.

The overall goal of the SITIF Program is to improve the intergenerational relationship of families by increasing parents’ sense of self-efficacy and effective parenting of their children. The populations engaged in the SITIF Program are immigrant parents and/or primary caregivers seeking to improve parenting skills to effectively discipline and nurture their children. The curriculum has been applied to immigrant parents of various ethnic origins, and is currently available in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish. This track will focus on the Asian communities.

Cultural and linguistic barriers as well as acculturation stress leave many immigrant parents feeling overwhelmed and stressed by conflicts with their children.  Parents often feel helpless and hopeless in terms of their parenting ability while their children often feel “trapped” between two cultures and perceive their parents as unnecessarily strict, unfair, or not understanding of their struggles. Without timely and culturally competent intervention, family ties and parenting relationships are strained and the risk of developing emotional and/or behavioral problems increases for the children.  - Dr. Rocco Cheng, SITIF Trainer

We are excited to offer this program to the families in our community. For more information about the program, please e-mail:

April 15 -18, 2018. PAFC members attended SAMHSA's National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health annual training program, NNEDLearn, in Santa Fe, Mexico. PAFC's SITIF team includes: Mylene Baltazar, Rochielle Canare, Christian Flores, Nathan Lim, and Christine Oliveros.

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