CHILDREN & FAMILIES
National Federation of Families
This brief reviews the steps an agency might take in preparation for beginning a parent-to-parent program and hiring Parent Support Providers. As part of the steps, the agency readiness includes developing a structure for the on-going support, supervision and evaluation of the program.
Center for Health Care Strategies, 2014
Family run organizations across the country are lead providers of family and youth peer support services. Most are grassroots organizations developed and run by the parents and caregivers of children, youth, and young adults affected by serious emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. The mission of most family run organizations includes family support, education, public awareness, and local and state policy advocacy to ensure that an effective and evidence‐based service delivery infrastructure is in place. Family run organizations also ensure the family and youth voice is prominent in shaping a state’s system of care infrastructure.
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Alcoholism and other drug addiction have genetic and environmental causes. Both have serious consequences for children who live in homes where parents are involved. More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics; nearly 11 million are under the age of 18. This figure is magnified by the countless number of others who are affected by parents who are impaired by other psychoactive drugs.
2012 Policy Paper by The National Federation of Families For Children’s Mental Health
Parent Support Providers offer parents the necessary support to maintain hope and
positive use of formal services and natural community-based support. Parent Support Providers share a
history of similar experiences with their own child or youth or emerging adults and they know about
practical possible solutions.