Services Available-Parent Education

About Us

Our Team
  • Sharon Gillespie, BA, QMHS,  Coordinator of Parent Enrichment
  • Casey Schout,  TANF Grant Specialist
  • Hilary Shelton, BA, QMHS,  Parent Educator
  • Aubrey Sorrell, BA, QMHS,  Parent Educator
  • Hillary Crippen, BA, QMHS, Parent Educator
  • Lori Blackburn, AS, QMHS, Parent Educator
  • Stacey Darling, BSW, QMHS, Parent Educator
  • Priscilla Clark, BS, QMHS, Parent Educator
  • Kayla Tully, BS, QMHS, Parent Educator
  • David Ghaffari, BS, QMHS, Parent Educator

Our Philosophy

All parents, including birth, kinship, foster and adoptive parents, can benefit from support including mentoring, child development information, education and training, role modeling, hands-on parent guidance provided by highly skilled parent educators, daily living skills training and concrete resources and social supports.   


The goal of parent enrichment services is to provide individualized and specialized support, training and preparation to promote healthy, well-adjusted children and families.    


Our Accreditation

Child Focus programs and services have been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 2005.

Child Focus Offices

Hamilton County
4411 Montgomery Road Suite 201
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212

Clermont County 
4629 Aicholtz Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45244

Brown County 
710 N. High Street
Mt. Orab, Ohio 45154

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Who We Serve 

  • Children 
  • Birth Families  
  • Extended Family Members 
  • Foster Families 
  • Adoptive Families
  • Child Welfare Organizations


Child Focus serves children, including children who are in the custody of the State of Ohio. Child Focus receives parent enrichment referrals from parents, schools, pediatricians and several county children's protective services agencies in Southwest Ohio. Child Focus serves all children in need of care and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, national origin or sexual orientation. Typically, children needing care range in age from newborn to young adulthood. Our number one priority is to ensure children in care are safe, happy, healthy, educated and well adjusted for success in life.  

Birth Families

Child Focus supports birth family preservation and reunification. Our goal is to ensure children are safe, healthy and emotionally well adjusted. When children must be placed outside their birth family, program staff and foster parents are the primary care and treatment team members responsible for making sure children thrive while they are in care, maintain regular contact and connections with birth family and support the child and birth family to overcome the problems that led to the child's placement in care. 

Foster Families

Child Focus understands that to be a great foster family requires being well trained and well supported before, during and after the child's departure from the home. We understand that the better we support foster parents, the better foster parents are able to care for the children in their care. 

Adoptive Families

Child Focus supports permanence for all children. The absence of a permanent family is detrimental to healthy child development. It is our position that children are not well-served by lingering in foster care when birth family reunification is not possible. Child Focus supports all foster parents to adopt children in their care who have become legally free for adoption. Our goal is to support permanence for all children.    

Child Welfare Organizations

Child Focus proudly boasts a great reputation in the Ohio child welfare industry. We care about children, families and very deeply about our community partners. Our organizational strength is rooted in building and maintaining collaborative, positive, effective open communication, a culture of compliance and ethics and a servant mentality.   

Parent Enrichment

Services Available

  • Group-Based Parent Education & Training 
  • Home-Based Parent Education & Training
  • Case Management & Consultation Services

Scope of Parent Education & Training

Parent Bond & Child Attachment  

Parent educators work with caregivers to learn and improve the use of sensitive responding skills, empathy and implement nurturing routines and practices in the home. The overarching goals are improving the quality of the parent-child relationship, reducing parent-child conflict and child behavior problems and reducing child abuse and neglect risk.    

Child Development Education & Training

There is extensive research linking healthy child development to effective parenting. Children thrive when parents provide not only affection, but also respectful communication and listening, consistent rules and expectations, and safe opportunities that promote independence. Successful parenting fosters psychological adjustment, helps children succeed in school, encourages curiosity about the world, and motivates children to achieve.

Discipline Consultation & Training 

Parent educators provide one-on-one consultation to caregivers on age appropriate, non-physical discipline and behavior modification strategies. Parent learn hands-on skills, strategies and discipline techniques to use and replace those that are ineffective and detrimental to the child's health and well-being. 

Educational Support

Parent educators consult with caregivers on implementing developmentally appropriate routines in the home, organization, time management, nutrition and homework and bedtime routines. Parent educators support positive parent-school relationships and provide liaison services to schools as requested. 

Community Resource Access

Parent educators assist caregivers into navigating and accessing community resources to meet basic family needs.


Community Programs
Every individual deserves respect. Respect of clients includes honoring all of the Client Rights. We treat each other, clients, stakeholders, and community members with respect.

Donation Needs

Children & Family Needs

Children and families served through Child Focus may have basic living item needs that many take for granted including housing, food and clothing.


Ways You Can Help

There are many ways you can help support these children and families.  The list below highlights some of the most critical donation and support needs for children and families. 

  • Donate money or gift cards for basic needs such as food and clothing
  • Gas cards
  • Donate school supplies and book bags for children
  • Volunteer your time as a mentor, tutor or babysitter  
  • Become a foster parent or respite provider
  • Collect and donate gently used clothing for children and parents
  • Donate cleaning and hygiene supplies
  • Sponsor children and their families for Child Focus Holiday Giving Tree Program
  • Donate family entertainment passes
  • Sponsor participation fees for children's extracurricular sports or arts programs 
  • Encourage friends and family to donate and get involved 

Donate Now

Contact Tara Keith at 513.752.1555 or Visit the our Donate Page Here.