Meet Stan Herivaux, Parent Partner of WrapWorks

Stan Herivaux recently celebrated 6 years of service at the Center! Stan plays an instrumental role in our WrapWorks program, in addition to his previous contributions in our FFAST program that provides therapeutic treatment for children living in Foster Family Agency (treatment-level) foster homes.Meet Stan Herivaux, Parent Partner of WrapWorks

Most notably, Stan was part of our team that competed and successfully won an $18 million contract from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to provide our WrapWorks services to over 100 children and families each month who need 24/7 intensive therapeutic services in their home community.

Before joining the Center, Stan honorably served our country for 13 years in the United States Marine Corps.

Why did you decide to work at the Center?

I decided to work at the Center because I wanted to help kids. As I was driving to the Kearny Mesa Dog Park, I saw the San Diego Center for Children sign directing to its main campus, which is located on the other side of the dog park. I became curious and Googled the Center and was impressed by its history and commitment to serving children and families.

I’ve worked in the community since I was 18 years-old doing what we do in WrapWorks. I just had no idea it was WrapWorks. I inherently connected people and families to community resources on my own personal time. When I first visited the Center’s website I immediately applied for a position. I was going to take any opportunity to work for a professional organization where I could apply my passion and fortunately I was given the chance.

What do you do in your role as a Parent Partner?

I provide various services to the parental figure of a child who is in the foster or probation system. A parental figure could be their biological mother, father, foster parent, uncle or even a family friend. Every family is different and we serve families from all walks of life.

I assist the parent by providing psychoeducation and parent management training, which in essence involves them developing more awareness and skills about their child’s diagnosis and behaviors. Parents are then able to better connect with their children and support them through their struggles. By providing parents this breakdown of skills and techniques, they are also learning how to become more effective parents. I also connect parents with community resources and support them in the transition process to ensure their family unit is smooth and intact.

Why is the Center’s WrapWorks program important to the community?

We are the hub, we are the lens to helping San Diego families. We come in and help them navigate the system, whether it’s Child Welfare Services, Child Protective Services, or Juvenile Probation. We are providing them with hope, encouragement, intervention, love, affection, and validation to let them know they’re not alone and that we care.

When a child is removed from their home for whatever reason, we divide and conquer through our small teams of experts to provide education, intervention, connection to the world, and help the child make a smooth transition back home. Our goal is to work toward permanent placement of a child back in their home.  Each family is unique and therefore involves individualized and sometimes unconventional “outside of the box” methods to be explored in order for a child and family to succeed.

How did the Center’s monthly Men’s Workshop start and what is it all about?

When I worked with families receiving services from the Center’s FFAST program, I noticed there was limited mention and involvement from a father figure. I became curious of why this was and came across an advertisement for a seminar in Los Angeles that focused on creating father-friendly practices in the workplace.

After the presentation, I came back inspired and prepared to implement a similar program for the Center that would encourage involvement from a child’s father figure. It will be 3 years since the Center began its monthly Men’s Workshop, which is available for all father figures of children served by the Center.

Our monthly Men’s Workshop is a male friendly environment where male caregivers can come and receive a fresh perspective, validation, education and skills, and encouragement to improve their parent-child relationship. It’s an open forum and support system that is led by male staff involving myself, a therapist, and program staff once a month during the evening.

We come in with a planned topic, but at times we will move in a different direction and customize the workshop to the fathers who come. It’s all about meeting their needs and making them feel empowered when they leave each workshop. I’m proud of what we have and what it can continue to be.

Why do you continue to work at the Center?

I come to work every day because I want to make a difference, and the Center is an organization as a whole that is committed to doing that. I will do whatever I can to ensure that no child goes through what I experienced. Whatever I can do to ensure a man can turn a life around and save his son or be his daughter’s superhero, I’m going to do it.

What are a few words that describe you?
Strong, passionate and committed.

Do you have a favorite quote?

My favorite quote is from Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”