Positive Parenting Resource

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About This Program

Target Population: Families headed by parents with intellectual and/or functional limitations

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Positive Parenting Resource operated by The United Arc provides services to parents with intellectual and/or functional limitations. The Positive Parenting Resource Center is built upon the concept of providing programs through a multi-tier level of support. Their mission statement is:

The Positive Parenting Resource Center will educate and build upon the strengths of families with learning differences to enhance their parenting skills and become recognized as valued, contributing members of their community. This is addressed by providing comprehensive and individualized services to the families. The center also educates the human service community and the community at large and promotes a change in the current service system to recognize the potential for growth and increased parental capacity.

Positive Parenting Resource offers a variety of services including home visiting with parenting skills training; both supervised visitation observation/monitoring and supportive/instructional supervised visitation; parent education and support groups; mentoring support; and a transitional supported living program. Through the programs, the center addresses how the combination of disability, poverty, and isolation often leads to struggles with maintaining housing security or household stability and makes the challenges of parenting becoming more complicated. Issues addressed are parenting skills, budgeting, community referrals, and personal well-being and safety.

Program Goals:

The goals of Positive Parenting Resource are:

  • Increase positive parent-child interaction
  • Decrease negative child behaviors
  • Improve parent-child relationship and family unit functioning
  • Enhance parental understanding of child development and age-appropriate child expectations
  • Increase parental knowledge and access of formal and community resources
  • Strengthen parental networks through connections to other parents and supportive mentors
  • Ensure that parents successfully complete tasks in their Child Protection Service plans
  • Enhance family stability
  • Decrease or eliminate allegations of child abuse or neglect with program connected parents
  • Maintain parent and child wellness

Contact Information

Susan Jones, BS and Master Level Certificate in Parent Education
Agency/Affiliation: Positive Parenting Resource Center/The United Arc
Website: unitedarc.org/positiveparenting.html
Phone: (413) 774-5558
Fax: (413) 863-2014

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2014