Circle of Parents

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Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Circle of Parents has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Parent Partner Programs for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Any parent or individual in a parenting role for children ages 0-18 years

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

Circle of Parents is a national network of statewide non-profit organizations and parent leaders that are dedicated to using the mutual self-help support group model as a means of preventing child abuse and neglect and strengthening families. Circle of Parents offers anyone in a parenting role the opportunity to participate in weekly group meetings with other parents to exchange ideas, share information, develop and practice new parenting skills, learn about community resources, and give and receive support. This may include biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, grandparents, kinship caregivers, etc. Many Circle of Parents programs target specific groups such as fathers, parents of children with disabilities, parents with disabilities, immigrant and refugee families, incarcerated parents, teen parents, parents in substance abuse recovery, and other parenting challenges. Groups are parent-led with the support of a trained group facilitator, are conducted in a confidential and non-judgmental manner, are free of charge, and provide developmentally appropriate children’s programs or child care concurrent with the parent group meetings. Developing leadership on the individual, family, community, and societal levels, as desired by parent participants, is a central theme of the Circle of Parents model.

Program Goals:

The program representative did not provide information about the program’s goals.

Contact Information

Name: Linda McDaniels, MSW
Title: Associate Director
Agency/Affiliation: Parent Trust for Washington Children
Department: Circle of Parents Washington State
Phone: (206) 233-0156 x224

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2010

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2010