Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs in the world for which we receive little to no training! The pressures of everyday living added to the demands of raising children can cause a great deal of stress and frustration. As parents, we might take the stress out on our kids.
For parents, grandparents and caregivers
Free, professionally facilitated self-help groups enable parents to help each other develop coping methods for stress and learn alternative methods of discipline.
24/7 support from trained volunteers
1-800-THE-KIDS is always answered by a caring volunteer who provides a listening ear, information, referrals and crisis intervention to parents and families in need.
Deepening their connection with loved ones
Fathers participate in the 12-week 24/7 DADS curriculum with an added support group component based on the shared leadership model of all Parents Anonymous groups.
PARENT LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Speakers for schools, churches, community groups and other organizations in order to educate about issues of parenting, parental stress and child abuse prevention.
Speak up, take action, create change
Parents Anonymous staff work in partnership with DCF, DCP&P, DOC, Division of Family and Community Partnerships, FSC’S FSO’S. SPAN, the Camden Covenant, The Family Success.
Physical, emotional & spiritual healing
Professionally facilitated self-help groups for adults (who may or may not be parents) wishing to deal with the trauma of physical, emotional or sexual childhood abuse.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
WHO WE ARE
As the Accredited Parents Anonymous® of New Jersey, we operate the Parents Anonymous® Program that is an evidence-based family strengthening program for any family seeking help and support or is involved in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, early childhood, schools, domestic violence, health care and justice systems given the issues faced by themselves and their children and youth. (http://parentsanonymous.org/research/).
Parents Anonymous® is a trauma informed practice 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 that improves protective factors, increases family functioning and mitigate and prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences by improving health and mental health well-being of Parents/Caregivers and their Children & Youth. National Outcome Data is collected annually measuring the change in Parents Anonymous® Parents/Caregivers, Children and Youth. We utilize a National Database, Fidelity Tools, and have Certified Staff to operate Parents Anonymous® Programs. Parents Anonymous® is both an intervention and prevention program where parents and their children and youth are empowered to create positive and long-term change for their families (www.cebc4cw.org/program/parents-anonymous/).
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), Parent Partners/Advocates/Mentors, Supportive and Helpline Services provided by the Trained Group Facilitators, Parent Group Leaders and Other Parents Leaders in between Group Meetings. There is a Trained Group Facilitator and Parent Group Leader in every Parents Anonymous® Adult Group fostering emotional support amongst all participants to improve protective factors, reduce risk, and ensure family stability. Furthermore, there are Trained Children & Youth Group Facilitators who deliver a structured program to enhance self-esteem, build resilience, protective factors, and ensure the social and emotional development and well-being of children and youth ages 0-18 who may have mental health or other challenge.