If all goes well between local businesses and Carroll County' Youth Services Bureau, programs to help parents do a better job could be instituted in many workplaces throughout the county.
George Giese, the Youth Services Bureau director, told members of the Carroll County Children's Council yesterday that his agency would meet with business people next month to discuss the idea.
"On Jan. 15, we have about 12 businesses from in the community that are coming to a meeting where we will talk about how we can service them at their places of business," Mr. Giese said.
The bureau wants to offer classes on parenting, improving a child's self-esteem, raising foster children or stepchildren and dealing with teen-agers. The bureau also is considering offering a support group for single parents.
The classes will be taught by Youth Services Bureau staff. Companies would pay to participate.
Area businesses that will be represented include Lehigh Portland Cement, Mirada Industries, London Fog, Dresser Pump and Schaeffer Lumber Co., Mr. Giese said.
"We were thinking about maybe offering these programs to employees during their lunch hours," he said. "It's a different direction for us. Hopefully it will be successful."
In other business, Linda Ebersole, chairwoman of the Carroll County Children's Council said the panel will use $15,000 in state grant money to focus on the needs of abused and neglected children.
Preventive methods will be taught and services for abuse and neglect cases will be enhanced, she said.
The council received the money in a Children's Trust Fund Grant awarded to Human Services Programs Inc. of Carroll County in late October.
"This grant will give us the option to provide more services for 'at-risk' families," Ms. Ebersole said. "One part of the grant will be used to train social workers, teachers and day care operators. The other part will be used by the Youth Services Bureau and the Children and Family Services to provide family counseling and support groups, free of charge."
Next month, Carol M. Dugan, executive director of Advocates for Children and Youth Inc., will speak to the council. The state organization publicizes issues involving children.
The council's next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 6 at the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Office in Westminster. The public is invited.