Category Archives: Across The Nations

Parents Anonymous® Inc partners with Text4baby!


Parents Anonymous® Inc is VERY pleased to announce that starting this week on text4baby – the first free texting service to provide health information to pregnant women and new moms from pregnancy through a baby’s first year , moms-to-be in their 17th week will receive the following empowering message:

“Parenting is an important job. Asking for help is a sign of strength. Call Parents Anonymous for free parenting support and weekly groups 1-855-427-2736” connecting them to our National Parent Helpline® and our nationwide network of evidence-based weekly support groups for these over 150,000  moms to be and moms of young children.

Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin, President and CEO announced that “This is a vital partnership between two important organizations dedicated to parent leadership and mutual support that results in better outcomes for these moms and their babies in our country!” Also, “Every woman deserves access to information that will help her give her baby the best possible chance at a healthy start in life. It’s partners like Parents Anonymous® Inc that are making it possible for text4baby to deliver health messages to those who need them most,” said Judy Meehan, CEO, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

1018121716a“As the mother of a teenager, I’m thankful for the support that Parents Anonymous® has given me for the past 14 years. Now I’m very excited to add text4baby to my support system, as we’re expecting a new baby this winter,” adds Heather Thibault, Parent Leader from Plattsburgh NY and chair of the National Parent Leadership Team®, who helped create the text message.

HOW DOES TEXT FOR BABY WORK?  Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE for Spanish) receive three free SMS text messages each week timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth. YOU DON’T NEED A TEXT MESSAGING SERVICE ON YOUR PHONE TO USE TEXT4BABY!

These messages focus on a variety of topics critical to maternal and child health, including birth defects prevention, immunization, nutrition, seasonal flu, mental health, oral health, safe sleep, and more. Text4baby messages also connect women to prenatal and infant care services and other resources and the links and information are on their website:



Parents Anonymous® of Plattsburgh, Ny celebrates National Parent Leadership Month

Parents Anonymous® of Plattsburgh, New York is operated by the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country celebrated National Parent Leadership Month by honoring parent participants with flowers and door prizes during group.


Some comments to share from parents when asked “How does attending Parents Anonymous® support groups help you and how do your children benefit from the accompanying Children & Youth program?”

1. It gives us a great time to connect with other parents, especially as a new resident to the area. It also gives us a chance to ask questions about resources in our community.

2. Give me ideas to help me – makes me feel good to be a Mom because other mothers can sympathize and empathize with me. – Gives great ideas for Baby – great to have communication with adults – wonderful program.

3. It’s nice to share experiences with their Mothers and learning from their experiences to try with my own daughter – Being a stay at home mother it is nice for my daughter to play with other children and be looked after by other adults to give myself a break but also learn to respect and listen to other adults.

4. I enjoy Parents Anonymous® because it helps to take stress off my week. It is something I look forward to ever week to talk with other parents and get extra advice. It also helps the children get more exposure to other children and allows them to become more social and aware to other children.

5. Parents Anonymous® has been a wonderful support for me as a mom with two small children. My daughter has grown so much since coming here. It’s been a wonderful experience for all of us.

6. Being pregnant, it allows my 2 1/2 year old daughter to be away from me but have me really close and nearby if needed. As for me, it is great to talk to other Moms going through the same things I am or did.

7. Parents Anonymous® helps me because I can ask questions and get suggestions from people and get answers to things I’m unsure about.

8. The support is amazing. I’ve received great parenting tips for different issues I’ve had with my child. It’s a place to vent and everyone understands and doesn’t judge. It’s a chance to have “Me” time.


To start a Parents Anonymous® Program in your area call  Peggy Canning, at

Phone: (518) 561-4999



National Parent Leadership Month Highlights from South Carolina

During the month of February we had over 500 parents and children participate in Parents Leading the Way events around the state organized by Parents Anonymous®!! There were such wonderful candidates for this year’s Jolly K Award making this year’s selection extremely difficult. All of the nominees are incredible parents and amazing leaders in their community.

 Thank you to all our affiliates who hosted events, community supporters who helped make the events successful, and parents and children who participated in celebrating National Parent Leadership Month. Here are some highlights of what went on during the month.


COSY Alliance- Southeastern, SC

    On February 23, Parents Anonymous® of SC, Beaufort County School District, and Beaufort County COSY hosted a Grandparent’s Leading the Way Conference at Beaufort Elementary school for the community. Conference sessions included information on Internet Safety for Parents by the Beaufort Co. Sheriff’s Office, Parent Child Interactive Therapy by Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Anti-Bullying Strategies by the Beaufort Co. School District, and New Fads and Trends in Substance Abuse by Beaufort Co. Drug and Alcohol abuse.


Parents Anonymous® – Tri-County Area, SC

    Parents Anonymous® worked with the Charleston County Dept of Federal Programs to put on a day conference at Stall High School on February 23rd titled “Health & Wellness = School Success.” Parents attended workshops on Parent Support, Affordable Health Care, Healthy Minds Matter, and Eating Smart and Moving More. Children had their own schedule including a workshop presented by the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Juanita Ford from Northwoods Middle School won this year’s Jolly K award for her outstanding leadership skills as a parent, grandparent, and parent leader in her school.


Williamsburg County PA Groups – Williamsburg County, SC

     Williamsburg County Parents Anonymous® Groups held an evening titled, “Strengthening The Family.” They held workshops centered around self esteem, nutrition, and family connection. During a recognition banquet parents and children reflected on their time spent with each other in the Mutual Support Groups. At the end of the evening everyone celebrated with refreshments and camaraderie.  Williamsburg County nominated a parent, Ms. Tonya Johnson for the Jolly K award and even though she did not win this year, we wanted to congratulate her on perseverance and commitment to her family and community. Ms. Johnson thank you for being an amazing parent leader in your group!


Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault – Northeastern, SC

     On February 21st, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault hosted Parents Leading the Way to a Brighter Future parent training at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC. Participants received information on “Child Sexual Assault,” (Karen Copeland, Durant’s Children Center), “Mother-read/Father-read,” (Judy Langley, Darlington County First Steps), and “The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children,” (Robin Griggs, Durant’s Children Center). Community partners and information booths were provided by Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault, Darkness to Light, Durant’s Children Center, Hartsville YMCA, and Darlington County First Steps.

Foothills Alliance – Northwestern, SC

    Anderson County held their Parents Leading the Way Conference including a series of workshops to help parents and caregivers create a better pathway for their families. The day long conference  was very well attended by parents and caregivers from the community.




New Jersey Parent Leadership Month – Celebrating Parents for 10 years

In 2003, February was designated as National Parent Leadership Month. Since that time, Parents Anonymous® of New Jersey, Inc. has used February to hold regional celebrations honoring initially just Parent Leaders in the Parents Anonymous® Program. Five years ago we made the decision to open our celebration and invite organizational partners throughout the state to recognize and honor their Parent Leaders.

This year two Parent Leadership Breakfasts were held, one in Camden County in collaboration with the Camden County Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC )and in Newark at the BF Johnson Community Center. Record numbers of Parent Leaders attended to celebrate the importance of meaningful parent involvement in families, programs and communities.


Over 285 Parent Leaders were recognized this year with four special awards given to nominated Parent Leaders and Professionals. The South Jersey Jolly K award, named for the Parents Anonymous® Founder, was presented to Henrietta Washington acknowledging her leadership and tenacious voice for parents living in Camden. The Juanita Chavez Award (Parent Champion) was presented to Lisa Gates who has facilitated a Parents Anonymous® group at the Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester Family Support Organization for over five years. Camden Freeholder Carmen Rodriquez welcomed and congratulated the Parent Leaders and read a proclamation from Camden Mayor Dana Redd. CPAC CEO Diana Crone thanked her Parent Leadership Council and organizational sponsors and along with Parents Anonymous® of New Jersey Executive Director, Kathleen Roe, presented the Parent Leadership Certificates to over 100 Parent Leaders.

This year a panel of parents and professionals spoke at both breakfasts about the importance of Parent Leadership. Using our annual theme, “Speak Up, Take Action and Create Change”, Parent Leaders were passionate about using their voice in their families, and communities to create change.


In Newark at the BF Johnson Community Center over 230 parents registered to attend the Parent Leadership Breakfast. DCF Director of Family and Community Partnerships, Lisa Von Pier welcomed attendees and presented the Juanita Chavez Award (Parent Champion) to Sherrie Featherstone a Parents Anonymous Facilitator who has been doing groups for over 15 years. This year she started the first H.O.P.E.S. group for adult survivors of abuse at Newark’s Beth Israel Child Abuse Treatment Center. Executive Director Kathleen Roe presented the Jolly K Award to Ms. Hazel Smith, a community activist and Parent Leader in Newark. Special thanks were given to our oldest partner, the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and Executive Co-Director Diana Autin and Kathleen Roe presented the Parent Leadership Certificates.

We would like to give special thanks this year to sponsors who provided tables for Parent Leaders to attend our event for no cost. These sponsors include:
• Advocates for Children of New Jersey
• The Center for Family Services
• Carl Bloomfield
• The Department of Children and Families
• The East Orange Child Development Corporation
• Family Intervention Services
• Horizon NJ Health
• Janus Solutions
• The National Institute on Family Success
• Newark Now/Fathers Now
• The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
• The New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations
• The Nicholson Foundation

Start a Parents Anonymous® Group Now:

Contact: Kathleen Roe

Phone: (609) 585-7666