Parenting is hard and all parents at some point need guidance and support. Across North Carolina, providers are implementing programs to meet this need. These programs offer strategies for handling parenting challenges, while providing opportunities for parents to connect with one another for support.
To truly have an impact on child abuse and neglect, it is crucial that these programs are implemented effectively. Research shows that programs are most effective when providers receive regular on-going support. Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) provides support to communities implementing four evidence based/evidence informed parenting program models:
Circle of Parents: Mutual self-help support group model grounded in parent leadership and the five protective factors providing a space where anyone in a parenting role can come together to openly discuss successes and challenges of raising children.
Incredible Years: Group-based, collaborative approach to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problem and promote their social, emotional and academic competence.
Strengthening Families Program: Family skills training program where parents and children attend weekly classes together to increase parenting skills, social/emotional development of children, and overall family resilience.
Triple P: Multiple levels of programming designed to give parents practical strategies for building strong healthy relationships while confidently managing their children’s behavior.
PCANC’s support benefits communities implementing these programs by:
- Helping agencies reach more families
- Helping practitioners make program material relevant
- Supporting alignment of programs with community needs
- Increasing practitioners’ increase confidence and competence in delivering programs