Parents Anonymous®

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents, grandparents, relative and kin providers, foster parents, or anyone serving in a caregiver role and children and youth of all ages with behavioral health, substance abuse, and wellness concerns

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

Parents Anonymous® is designed to be both a prevention and treatment program that strengthens families that are at risk of becoming (or already are) involved in the child welfare system, have behavioral health challenges, or face other family problems. Services offered include weekly support groups, in-home parent training, helpline services, and other supportive ongoing functions. The Parents Anonymous® program aims to mitigate the impact of (and prevent) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for parents/caregivers and their children and youth. Parents Anonymous® Groups for parents/caregivers are facilitated by a trained Group Facilitator and a Parent Group Leader.

This program is designed to be culturally responsive and empowering. It is open to any parent or caregiver in a parenting role seeking support and positive parenting strategies regardless of the age or special challenges of their children or youth including severe emotional concerns. While parents/caregivers are meeting, their infants, children, and older youth participate in Parents Anonymous® Children and Youth Programs designed to build self-esteem, improve health and emotional well-being, change behavior, achieve permanency, and strengthen family and peer relationships based on the child’s/youth’s developmental stage. Parents Anonymous® Staff and Parent Leaders (with lived experiences) provide Parent Partner Services such as advocacy; In-Home Parenting; Supportive Services such as linkages to community resources; and the National Parent Helpline® for emotional support. Through meaningful Shared Leadership®, Parent Leaders strive to realize better outcomes for families and communities by creating or introducing policy reform, systems change, and the expansion of evidence-based programs.

Program Goals:

The goals of Parents Anonymous® are:

  • Strengthen families by improving social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of parents/caregivers, children, and youth
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect by ensuring safe, stable, and nurturing relationships for families
  • Mitigate the impact in parents/caregivers of ACEs and prevent them in children and youth
  • Reduce risk factors, increase protective factors, and significantly reduce harmful behaviors towards children by supporting the empowerment of families
  • Enhance the social and emotional well-being of children, youth, parents, and caregivers by increasing parental and child/youth resilience, achieving positive personal growth and change, and improving family functioning, self-esteem, and happiness
  • Foster an International Network of Nationally Certified Parent Leaders through Training, Action Planning, and Guided Practice on “10 Exemplary Leadership Practices”
  • Engage in meaningful Shared Leadership® to create systems change in child welfare, behavioral health, schools, early care, health care, juvenile and adult justice, courts, and developmental disabilities
  • Achieve safety, permanency, and reduced out-of-home placements for child welfare involved families and increased reunifications
  • Create opportunities for parent and youth partners to develop leadership skills to give back to their communities; ensure public policies created to meet the needs of diverse families are responsive by creating measurable positive results; and produce better long-term outcomes for families
  • Prevent and reduce hospitalizations for mental health problems; prevent and reduce drug and alcohol addiction and prevent and reduce domestic violence

Contact Information

Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin
Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Agency/Affiliation: Parents Anonymous, Inc.
Phone: (909) 575-4211
Fax: (909) 621-0614

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2010