Overview

Parents Anonymous® Program is an evidence-based family strengthening program (http://parentsanonymous.org/research/) utilizing mutual support (the giving and getting of help), parent leadership (seeking solutions and becoming empowered), and shared leadership® (working together) to achieve personal growth, improve family functioning and achieve parental resilience.

  • The Parents Anonymous® Program consists of a weekly support group for Parents and Caregivers and a separate group for their Children and Youth (0-18).
  • Parents Anonymous® is both an intervention and prevention program where parents and their children are empowered to create positive and long term change for their families.
  • There is a Trained Facilitator and Parent Group Leader in every Parents Anonymous® Group fostering emotional support amongst all participants to improve protective factors, reduce risk, and ensure family stability.
  • Parent leadership opportunities through National Certification (http://parentsanonymous.org/national-certification/) and the Shared Leadership® in Action Program are fostered outside of the Parents Anonymous® Group to ensure meaningful shared leadership® in policy development, program design and achieving positive outcomes for families and every February we celebrate National Parent Leadership Month®.
  • Parents and caregivers of all backgrounds are welcome including mothers, fathers, grandparents, step parents, parents of special needs children, teen parents and foster parents.
  • Parents are encouraged to address any family concern in a safe and caring environment.
  • Advocacy efforts are essential and for those families involved in the child welfare system the National Coalition on Parent Advocacy can help.
  • Trained Children and Youth Program Workers foster a supportive environment for children and youth ages 0-18 to build self-esteem, foster positive peer relationships and enhance personal development and family relationships.
  • Children and Youth learn and practice positive ways of interacting, problem-solving and supporting one another, and learn better coping strategies.
  • Parents call the National Parent Helpline® 1-855-4AParent (1-855-427-2736) to receive emotional support and referrals in between weekly Parents Anonymous® Groups.
  • Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength® is the foundation to the success of Parents Anonymous® programs.