Family Compass
Empowering families to build a better tomorrow for their children.

Community Education and Outreach

Families First

Families First is taught in Dallas, TX at 4210 Junius St., Dallas 75246; the program is mandated by the courts and aims to help parents understand the effects of divorce on their children and to promote positive parenting during this critical time. The program provides divorcing parents with minor children information and training on how to parent during a divorce or custody dispute. Simultaneous children's classes are also held to help the children understand they are not to blame for the breakup of the marriage. Children who attend must be ages 6-12 years old. Family Compass is licensed to provide this seminar by the national organization, Families First, Inc.

Families First seminars are offered as a one time session, offered the second Saturday of every month. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. Registration closes the Thursday prior to the class at noon. Registrations are not accepted after this deadline. Cost per class is $75 per adult and $25 per child. No refunds or credits for non-attendance. No exceptions. 

Dates for classes are below. To register for a class, click the date of the class you wish to attend and you will be directed to payment form:


May 12 September 8
June 9 October 13
July 14 December 8
August 11  


To make payment by check or money order, click here to download the registration form and mail your payment for the Dallas classes.  For more information, call 214-370-9810.

Parenting Education

Parenting Education is taught in Plano; the Triple P Parenting program is an international program that has been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found to decrease substantiated child maltreatment, child out-of home placements and child maltreatment injuries in a randomized control study. The program seeks to create a stable, supportive and harmonius family, encourage positive child behaviors, deal positively, consistently and decisively with problem behavior, build positive relationships between parents and children, so that conflict can be resolved and there is a promotion of self-care of the parent.

Parenting Education classes are held once a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays for eight consecutive weeks. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. (arrive at 6:15 p.m.). Cost per class is $75 per couple and $50 per individual. Space is limited and classes fill up quickly. No refunds or credits for non-attendance. No exceptions.

To make payment by check or money order, click here to download the registration form and mail your payment for the Plano classes.  For more information, contact Sheryldine Samuel or call 214-370-9810.

To register online for a class, click the date of the class you wish to attend and you will be directed to payment form. For more information, contact Sheryldine Samuel or call 214-370-9810.              


Bringing Families Together (BFT) 

The BFT program utilizes a community-based strategy to implement proven effective curricula to reduce the risk of child abuse and promote healthy, stable families. The goal of BFT is to prevent the cycle of abuse for vulnerable families in transitional and permanent supportive housing complexes of Dallas County. The program reduces family and parental isolation, increases support networks, teaches positive parenting skills and provides access to critical community resources. Through this partnership, Family Compass provides evidence-based community programming and home-mentoring services to families in Family Gateway, Housing Crisis Center's housing units and other community organizations. Contact Sheryldine Samuel for more information.

The BFT program consists of the following services:

  • Triple P Parenting Education Classes - evidence-based program including eight-week classes focusing on positive parenting

Community Education and Outreach

Family Compass offers educational classes on the prevention of child abuse through effective parenting, Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome prevention. Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention classes aim to prevent babies from being shaken by teaching parents and caregivers how to cope with a crying baby, the number one trigger for this violent form of child abuse. Family Compass provides education to students, professionals, and parents. Contact Sheryldine Samuel to request Parent Newborn brochures and/or for more information.