These groups are for parents who have lost custody of their children and wish to regain it or for parents who need to reconcile their feelings about allowing their children to be adopted. Day and evening groups are available as well as a drop-in group for parents who register after groups are full.
Special Groups: A variety of special groups are available including:
- support groups for parents with children in placement;
- three groups for survivors of sexual abuse (one each for children, teens and adults);
- support groups for parents and teens (combined);
- support groups for teens (male and female);
- a self esteem group for women;
- a reunification group for parents and children who have been separated; and
- a support group for fathers.
The Parent Action Network also provides facilitator training for people interested in running support groups, a speakers bureau specializing in family issues, and information and referral services.
The primary goal of parenting education is to prevent child abuse/neglect and interpersonal violence. Other goals include:
- Promoting the child’s development
- Improving child/parent attachment
- Improving child/parent communication skills
- Increasing self-esteem of participants
- Improving child/parent social control
- Reducing aggressive behaviors by children and their caregivers.