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Parenting Programs

The Oneida Parenting Program will strengthen families and cherish children by providing families with an educational and cultural based parenting program that will give helpful strategies to further the positive overall growth of children and families. The Parenting Program will add to the family’s capacity to meet the basic spiritual, emotional and physical needs of its members, reduce barrier that prevent people from knowing their importance within their family, develop a family environment that is a source of strength and support, and strengthen sense of belonging among family members.
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Stuff the Bus – Holiday Event

Oneida Nation Family Services would like to thank the community for coming out to support our “Stuff the Bus” event. Members of the Oneida community and our neighbors showed up in a big way with toy and cash donations allowing us to bring big smiles to many families, and over 115 Oneida children.  

First, we would like to thank Oneida Public Transit for assisting us with this event. Carol Stiff and her staff were vital in making sure this event was able to take place. Thank you for the use of your ‘bus’ and for providing us with hands-on help for the day of our events. Thank you, Rodney Hill and Ellie Doxtator for spending two days with us collecting items and spreading holiday cheer. 
We had some larger donations from individuals that we want to thank specifically. Thank you to the Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association, and the large monetary donation brought to us by Edward Skenandore. Thank you for choosing our event and this community to help support with your money. Many people will benefit from your generosity. 
One specific individual, Aimee Brenkus, donated a very large number of gifts and gift cards for us to disperse to children and teens. She owns a business called “Indigenous Pact,” and while stopping in at Walmart the day of our event, our cause spoke to her heart and called her to donate to our community.  Thank you, Aimee!  

The staff of Family Services also showed up for our families by taking time from their busy days to come out and shop to donate, or to donate monetarily. Thank you, team!
We also received generous donations from family members of our family service team. Even though you do not work directly with these families, you took your time and money to support those who need it. We appreciate your kind hearts.
Lastly, we want to thank the day time custodial staff at the Kanikuhli-Yo Family Center. We had to call on Verda House and the staff multiple times to assist us with bags to sort and organize children’s gifts. Thank you for always being so quick to respond and support us.
We wish we could thank everyone by name, from large donations to those who donated $1 from their pocket. We appreciate you!
Please keep an eye out for this event in 2024. We hope to continue to bring some gifts to children who may not normally receive much for Christmas and see those faces light up when they are reminded, they are cared for and loved by many.

Wishing you well,
Oneida Nation Family Services and the Stuff the Bus team

Parenting Education Class (PEC)

The Oneida Parenting Class (PEC) is designed to assist parents in understanding and building relationships with their children. This course is recognized by the county and Tribal court systems and meets the requirements needed in court ordered cases. The class (with traditional and cultural components) will teach parenting tools to deal with a variety of childhood challenges to strengthen the parent/child experience, provide information on issues that families deal with today, and teach positive discipline techniques.

The PEC teaches a curriculum called Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline is brain and research based. The curriculum is relationship focused, and it all starts with self-healing and behavior changes. In class, we learn new tools and ways of being in relationships with ourselves and with others. Conscious Discipline gives the skills and language we need to be a conscious parent who responds and teaches, instead of reacts and punishes. The skills we focus on help us focus on Safety, Connection and Problem Solving. All of these things together help teach us self-regulation so we can respond instead of react, in turn teaching that to our children.

*We offer multiple sessions per year. Check the class schedules tab for upcoming session information or call for further information and to register.

Check out Conscious Discipline’s website for more information.


Teen Parent Support Group

Teen Parent Support is offered to individuals who are under the age of 20 and are pregnant or have children. The goals of this support is to help teen parents with tools to build a healthy family, assist with the challenges faced by teen parents, develop and define a family environment that is a source of strength and support (to include) community services, and build independent living skills to strengthen the family and those relationships within it. Discussion topics include community resources, health, safety, self-care, child development, nurturing, and culture. Topics based on individual needs and interest. Lessons are approached through various activities including art, discussion, speakers, and trips. This provides a good way for teen parents to connect and share with others who are experiencing similar life events. Incentives for participation, including diapers and wipes, and ‘saving’ incentives for a larger item.

*Currently teen parent support is offered individually. Group support will become available if / when there is a need in the community. Call for the status of teen parent support.

Trauma Informed Parenting Workshop

The Oneida Nation Trauma Informed Parenting Workshop focuses on how to care for a child who has experienced trauma (especially when we have our own traumatic experiences that have affected our behaviors in parenting). Many of us have experienced trauma throughout our lives. Understanding how trauma affects children can help parents make sense of their child’s behaviors, feelings and attitudes; can help parents develop greater insight around how to help their child cope with the effects of trauma; and, help parents understand how to provide a safe and stable home environment. This workshop has cultural components and focuses on healing generational patterns.

We offer multiple sessions per year. Check the class schedules tab for upcoming session information or call for further information and to register.

Check out the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for more information.

Class Schedules

Virtual Trauma Informed Parenting Workshop Schedule:

June 6, 2023 – Tuesdays / Thursdays

Virtual group via Zoom

To register, please contact:

Heather VandenLangenBerg

Individual Support

If current group days/times do not work for someone, or for any other reason the groups are not ideal, individual services are offered. We can work one on one with interested participants after an intake is completed. Anyone doing one on ones with a parenting program coordinator will make goals to determine what their specific needs are. This allows us to focus on person or family specific needs and the ability to ‘customize’ the program to best meet that individual. These services can also be utilized in addition to group for those looking for further support or implementation of the material, or if it is a requirement.

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