About Us2018-08-17T13:23:57-04:00

About Us

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.

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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.

Testimonials

When I went to a counselor, the first thing he asked for was my insurance card, when I went to a lawyer, he asked for a retainer.  Even the parenting classes I tried charged a fee.  It seems that wherever I went to ask for help, the first thing they wanted was for me to reach into my wallet.  When I found my Parents Anonymous® parent support group, the first thing they asked was how we can help you and, amazingly, never asked for money.

Eric A.

My Parents Anonymous® support group helped me find the courage to change.  I felt like I was finally somewhere that would make a difference.

Jackie

No parent alone has all the answers.  No parent alone can do everything, all the time.  Yet, we struggle on alone because we want to think that we can.

Ana K., Parents Anonymous® Parent, Keynote Speaker, 2010 Parent Leadership Conference

I knew with this, I could survive, and I know that I would have a group of people there that if I was to get stressed out one night I can call someone.  They even have a 24-hour hotline.  So I know that if anything at home goes badly, I can call for support

Glenn

The group helped me develop friendships; I’m able to go there and vent, look for and get advice and give it as well. I just like the connection; that you know you’re not alone, that were all parents facing the same challenges every day.  New parents bring you back to where you were at one time, and now you can help another person.

Kathy E.

In recognition of February as National Parent Leadership Month, it’s important to celebrate the critical role parents play in their children’s lives. Our department is a partner with Parents Anonymous to promote sound parenting and parent leadership skills.  Founded in 1969, the not-for-profit group is guided by four important principles.

No parent alone has all the answers.  No parent alone can do everything, all the time.  Yet, we struggle on alone because we want to think that we can.

Ana K., Parents Anonymous® Parent, Keynote Speaker, 2010 Parent Leadership Conference

When I went to a counselor, the first thing he asked for was my insurance card, when I went to a lawyer, he asked for a retainer.  Even the parenting classes I tried charged a fee.  It seems that wherever I went to ask for help, the first thing they wanted was for me to reach into my wallet.  When I found my Parents Anonymous® parent support group, the first thing they asked was how we can help you and, amazingly, never asked for money.

Eric A.

My Parents Anonymous® support group helped me find the courage to change.  I felt like I was finally somewhere that would make a difference.

Jackie

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