Family Hui in California

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

Lead4Tomorrow brought the Family Hui program to California in 2014 with funding from First5 Yolo. In our first year, we ran programming in Woodland, Winters, and Knights Landing. During this time we connected with ACEs Connection Network and recognized the need to introduce educational components on trauma and resilience into our work. In 2015, First5 Yolo again stepped up and funded a grant to revise our Family Hui curriculum and reflect the effects of trauma on brain development and on one’s own parenting choices, actions, and reactions. This funding resulted in our current curriculum, Bloom. The curriculum is designed to encourage the parents to bloom and grow with their children. Our curriculum is in English and Spanish and we conduct programming in Farsi/Dari and Arabic, as well.

Family Hui focuses on early childhood development and on activities designed to encourage parents to reflect on their own childhood, dreams, trauma, and triggers. We combine evidence-based research, reflective inquiry, and peer-led conversations to create circles of support, hui. Family Hui is based on the Five Protective Factors both in content and design. It is our hope the hui will last beyond the 12 weeks of programming and parents/caregivers will continue to support one another throughout their lives.

We are currently working in Colusa, Imperial, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Yolo Counties. We have partnered with the UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health on a food insecurity project and are now partnering with the California Department of Health Care Services on a wellbeing program. This year we also partnered with SwimAmerica in Davis so Afghan mothers and children could learn to swim. Our dynamic staff and Advisory Council bring multiple gifts, talents, passions, and experience and make our programming effective and inspiring.

Thanks to funding from First5 Yolo and First5 Sacramento and the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention, we are now expanding our program throughout California. This expansion has gifted us with the opportunity to meet and work with many amazing parents throughout our Golden State. We use the term “Golden State” with intention. Through our work in five counties we have seen over and over that parents/caregivers are our state’s golden resource. These parents are committed to being the best they can be so their children can thrive and grow. The parents/caregivers are creative, thoughtful, and resourceful. Family Hui simply offers these parents and caregivers new knowledge, validation, and a platform from which they learn, speak, share, and care. To learn more about the Family Hui program, please contact Lucy Morse Roberts.