PFC Family Needs Assessment

Your Voice Makes a Difference! Children are our future. Ensuring their success requires the support and commitment of the entire community. Cumberland County invests significant community resources to support children’s healthy development, and to help parents with the challenging and important job of raising healthy, thriving children. We need your ideas and experience to help us serve our community. This survey is confidential. All of your answers will be grouped together.

* 1. 1. What is the age of your child(ren) living in your household for which you are the LEGAL GUARDIAN?  (Mark All That Apply.)

* 2. How many people currently live in your household (Including yourself)?

* 3. What is your marital status?(Mark one.)

* 4. If you are the LEGAL GUARDIAN of a child, what is YOUR relationship to the child? (Mark one.)

* 5. What is your race?

* 6. Are you, yourself, of Hispanic origin or descent, such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or other Spanish background?

* 7. What is the primary language spoken in your home?

* 8. If you live in Cumberland County, how long have you lived here? (Mark one.)

* 9. Are you or your spouse currently serving in the military? (Mark one.)

* 10. What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? If currently enrolled, mark the previous grade or highest degree received. (Mark one.)

* 11. What is your total household income? (Mark one.)

* 12. How many times has your family moved in the past year?

* 13. Which, if any, do you currently receive? (Check all that apply.)

* 14. 14. My household pays 30% or more of our income on housing.

* 15. 15. My household pays more than 10% of our income on childcare.

* 16. My youngest child is currently enrolled in an early childhood program outside of my home:

* 17. On average, how many days per week does your younges child attend the early childhood program?

* 18. Many families have a number of strengths as well as challenges. From the statements listed below, please indicate how well each characteristic describes your family.

  Never Very Rarely Rarely About Half the Time Frequently Very Frequently Always
 In my family, we talk about problems.
When we argue, my family listens to "both sides of the story."
In my family, we take time to listen to each other.
My family pulls together when things are stressful.
My family is able to solve our problems.

* 19. Parents with an extensive network of family, friends, and neighbors have better support in times of need. Please indicate how often each statement applies to you in thinking your social connections.

  Strongly Disagree Mostly Disagree Slightly Disagree Neutral Slightly Agree Mostly Agree Agree
I have others who will listen when I need to talk about my problems.
When I am lonely, there are several people I can talk to.
I would have no idea where to turn if my family needed food or housing.
I would not know where to go for help if I had trouble making ends meet.
If there is a crisis, I have others I can talk to.
If I needed help finding a job, I wouldn't know where to go for help.

* 20. Raising children can be challenging. Please indicate how often each statement applies to you in thinking about the relationship with your youngest child living in your home.

  Never Very Rarely Rarely About Half the Time Frequently Very Frequently Always
There are many times when I don't know what to do as a parent.
I know how to help my child learn.
My child misbehaves just to upset me.
I praise my child when he/she behaves well.
I have a hard time controlling my temper when I discipline my child.
I am happy being with my child.
My child and I are very close to each other.
I am able to soothe my child when he/she is upset.
I spend time with my child doing what he/she likes to do.

* 21. While you were growing up, during your first 18 years of life, did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… (Mark one for each.)

  Yes No
Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt?
Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? or Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?
Touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way? or Try to or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal sex with you?
No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?
You didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you? or Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it?
Were your parents ever separated or divorced?
Was your mother or stepmother: Often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her? or Sometimes or often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or Ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife.
Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic or who used street drugs?
Was a household member depressed or mentally ill or did a household member attempt suicide?
Did a household member go to prison?

* 22. How many times have you or someone in your family

  1 day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days 6 Days 7 Days
read, looked at books, or told stories with your child(ren) in the past week?
sang, played and listened to music, played games, or did other learning activities with your child(ren):
gotten together with another family  for play dates, trips to the park, etc.?
ate at least one meal together in the past week?

* 23. On average, how many age-appropriate books are in your home?

* 24. Thinking about the times when you feel overwhelmed or stressed, in general would you say that you

* 25. Are you aware of our community’s SOAR 90 x 30 Child Abuse Prevention Plan to reduce child maltreatment by 90% by year 2030?

* 26. Have you seen the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope which looks at the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?

* 27. What do you think are the greatest challenges for accessing parenting resources? (Mark "Yes" or "No" for each.)

  Yes No
a) Parents don’t know all the services that the community offers
b) Families who don’t fall within a “eligible group” often may miss out on parenting resources that could be available to them
c) There is lack of an array of prevention & intervention services for parents of children birth–18 years
d) Support to access parenting services are not always available (i.e. childcare, transportation, etc)
e) There is a lack of ongoing training on diverse topics for parents

* 28. Thinking of the following aspects of life and caregiving in our community, how would you rate the following:

  Excellent Good Fair Poor
Access, cost, availability, quality, and options in health care
Access, cost, availability, quality, and options in dental care
Access, cost, availability, quality, and options in mental health care
Access to and delivery of basic needs services such as food, clothing, and shelter
Access to pediatricians and family physicians
Access to psychiatric/diagnostic for young children under age 5
Access to substance abuse counseling/treatment
Availability of affordable, quality child care for infant and toddler care (up to 36 months)
Availability of affordable, quality child care for preschoolers ages 3 to 5
Availability of affordable, quality child care for children with special needs
Availability of affordable housing
Availability of in-home visiting, parent education and family preservation programs.
Availability of services for children with special needs
Availability of well-paying, diverse job opportunities
Awareness of services
Efforts to end child abuse or neglect
Level of collaboration across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
Networks of support for individuals and families during times of stress and need
Safety in my neighborhood

* 29. As a result of this Kidtopia event, I: (Mark one for each.)

  Yes No
Became Aware of the Partnership for Children for the First Time
Learned that the Partnership for Children administers Smart Start and NC Pre-Kindergarten
Increased My Knowledge of Community Resources
Increased My Knowledge of Early Childhood Efforts

* 30. What services or support have you needed that you couldn't get?