Circle of Parents is a parent-led and professionally facilitated parent support group program that gives parents the opportunity to share in each other’s challenges and successes while developing a network of support. While Circle of Parents is open to anyone who wants to participate, many groups focus on parents with specific needs -- like grandparents raising grandchildren, fathers of preschoolers, Spanish-speaking parents, or parents of special needs children. Participants learn how to advocate for their children and how to parent in a positive way. They also build leadership skills and gain a network of support.
Circle of Parents builds protective factors in families by providing parents with a support network of other families who understand them. Program objectives include:
Circle of Parents has been extensively researched. The North Carolina Circle of Parents Network evaluates program success annually. Outcomes demonstrated through state and national research include:
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina has nationally-certified Circle of Parents trainers on staff who provide pre-service training and ongoing skill-building opportunities for local facilitators and parents involved with the program.
Membership in the NC Circle of Parents Network gives access to training, technical assistance, materials, program evaluation and other supports provided by Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina Implementation Support Specialists to assure quality Circle of Parents programs are available in local communities.