Frequently Asked Questions

Family Support Programs provide parents and caregivers with the tools to help them overcome challenges to become the most effective parent they can be. PFSA offers training, technical assistance and educational materials, as well as parent education publications and curricula, to a network of local prevention and family support programs.

Surveys of parents involved in our Family Support Programs show that 98% of parents say they now have a better relationship with their children. More than 75% say they have learned how to understand, discipline and nurture their children since attending the program.

There are lots of reasons to attend. It does NOT mean you are a bad or abusive parent if you ask for help or want to improve your parenting. For example:

  • You want to change the way you relate to your children. You don’t like screaming at them or hitting them, but you are not sure what else to do.
  • You feel alone, like there is no one you can talk to about what is going on at home.
  • You have a friend or a family member who attends the group and is asking you to come along with them.
  • The courts or Children and Youth Services have said that you must attend the group as part of your family service plan.
  • Your child is changing, entering a new phase, and you are not sure what parts of his behavior are normal and what might need help.
  • You did not see examples of good parenting when you were a child, and you do not want to repeat the same mistakes with your children.
  • You live in a blended family and it’s hard for everyone to get along. Sometimes your new partner doesn’t discipline like you do, and you argue about that.
  • You want your children to have a chance to play and learn with other kids in the child care program.
  • It’s a good time for you to relax, talk with other parents and have a break from your children. Many groups offer food or other activities in addition to group meetings.
  • You completed parenting classes and now want a chance to practice what you learned, getting feedback from other parents in the group.
  • The facilitator can point you to services in your community that can help you and your family. You can find help for concerns other than parenting in the group.
  • You love your children and want to be the best parent you can be.

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