Mason County Free Parenting Series


Family Education & Support Services (FESS) partners with the Mason County Health Dept. and WA State Health Care Authority to provide parenting education classes, called "Guiding Good Choices," to interested members of the public for no cost in Mason County. Anyone wanting to grow as a parent or caregiver is welcome. These classes, offered through Family Education & Support Services' parenting [...]

Mason County Free Parenting Series2020-11-02T16:35:44-08:00



When the North Thurston School District sent out a questionnaire to parents about what subjects they would like to learn, they received 400 responses. But when classes were set up to teach the subjects, just three people showed up. That led Scott Hanauer, Clinical Director at Family Education and Support Services, to look for other ways to communicate the information. He [...]

PODCAST LAUNCHES2020-10-30T15:53:10-07:00

Suicide Prevention Training Offered


The statistics around suicide are staggering. In an average year in Thurston County alone, 40 people end their lives. This year is worse. The number was 48 by August. Youth suicide is of specific concern. A survey reveals that 22 percent of 6th-graders have contemplated suicide, and that number increases by grade level. In the three weeks before mid-October, two young [...]

Suicide Prevention Training Offered2021-03-09T14:22:26-08:00

Partners Team Meeting


Parental Stress and Remote Learning Join Partners Team Meeting on Monday, October 26, 2020 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM Topic: Parental Stress and Remote Learning Zoom Meeting:  Facilitated by: Commissioner John Hutchings Speakers: Dr. Sean Dotson - Superintendent, Tumwater School District Scott Hanauer, MA - Clinical Director, Family Education & Support Services Sponsored By: Thurston Thrives! & Thurston County Partners Action [...]

Partners Team Meeting2021-03-09T14:22:47-08:00

Living through a pandemic


Living through a PandemicWritten by: Bonnie Jacques, Board President Bonnie Jacques, Board President Hello! My name is Bonnie Jacques and I am currently the board chair for Family Education and Support Services or FESS. I have been on the board for almost five years. When asked to write an article for the newsletter, I have to admit I racked my brain trying [...]

Living through a pandemic2020-12-22T12:41:27-08:00

Ideas for Giving and Moving Forward in 2020


Ideas for Giving and Moving Forward Family Education & Support Services continues to move forward with its important work. In the midst of all that is going on, many of our friends and supporters are looking forward to the future when they can enjoy community with friends and resume their regular activities. In response to the current situation, Congress recently enacted [...]

Ideas for Giving and Moving Forward in 20202020-12-23T09:51:22-08:00

Voices of Children 2020


17th Annual Voices of Children  For every child who can no longer live with his or her birth parents and is living in a foster home, about 10 more are living with relatives. For 17 years, FESS has sponsored a contest asking those children to tell us about their life with their relatives through artwork or an essay. The winners of [...]

Voices of Children 20202020-12-23T09:26:12-08:00

Helping Parents Build Resilient Children


Scott Hanauer, Clinical Director Helping Parents Build Resilient ChildrenScott Hanauer, Family Education & Support Services Clinical DirectorThe work of Family Education and Support Services has become centered on helping parents build resilience to help them raise resilient children. FESS programs can help all adults with children raise the level of their parenting by using skills that have become central to our [...]

Helping Parents Build Resilient Children2020-11-20T15:37:26-08:00
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