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Parents Anonymous®

Parents Anonymous® of Renfrew County is Accredited by Parents Anonymous® Inc.

Asking for help is a sign of strength®

Do you sometimes feel you are all on your own parenting? Do you feel disconnected? Would you like to have an opportunity to connect with other parents to share a meal, talk about your highs and lows and feel part of a supportive group led by parents?

What is Parents Anonymous?

As the Accredited Parents Anonymous of Renfrew County, Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County operates the Parents Anonymous Program – an evidence-based family strengthening program for any family seeking help and support. This can include families impacted by the child welfare system, mental health concerns, substance abuse, early childhood development and education needs, domestic violence and the health care and justice systems given the issues they and their children face.

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 and youth.

What Makes Parents Anonymous Unique?

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 the programs. With both an intervention and prevention focus, the program means parents and their children are empowered to create positive and long-term change for their families. It consists of a weekly support group for parents and caregivers and a separate group for their children (0-18), as well as parent partners/advocates/mentors and supportive services provided by the trained group facilitators, parent group leaders and other parent 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 and 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 heal or other challenges.

“No one ever thought of me as a leader, until I came to a Parents Anonymous Group. By reaching out to others to share my experiences and dropping into my feelings, I became the parent I always wanted to me. My children changed in so many positive ways. We all succeeded in strengthening our family.” – A Parents Anonymous® Parent

More Details About our Group

Groups meet to talk, share and learn from each other while enjoying dinner together. The weekly groups have helped to strengthen relationships and connect participants to local resources and supports.

Interested parents or caregivers are welcome to inquire into group participation at any time. If the group is full, we will ensure your name is on a waiting list for when a spot becomes available.

National Parent Leadership Month

Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County is proud to celebrate National Parent Leadership Month in February.  This is a month we dedicate to generating awareness ofthe important roles parents play in shaping the lives of children and families and recognizing individual parent leaders whose contributions make a positive difference to their families and communities. It’s also an opportunity for us to build successful partnerships between parent leaders and staff in sharing responsibility, expertise and leadership in decisions being made that affect families and communities.

Parent Leadership Network

The Parent Leadership Network is an online Facebook group for parents (and anyone in a parenting role) around the world to connect with each other, and with staff, to share their leadership skills, opportunities, questions, ideas, and more! To join, please visit: Parent Leadership Network on Facebook

About Parents Anonymous

Parents Anonymous is a family strengthening program, founded in 1969 by Jolly K., a single mother seeking to provide a safe and caring home for her family. It is committed to providing evidence-based, culturally responsive and innovative programming to parents, children and youth wishing to change their lives for the better. It also aims to inspire and empower parents to create long-term, positive changes in their families and their communities.