Teresa Rafael, M.S.W., Vice Pres. of Programs
Dedicated to strengthening families through mutual support, Parents Anonymous, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest child abuse prevention, education and treatment program. Meeting weekly with other parents and a trained facilitator, parents learn to use appropriate resources and to build supportive, positive peer relationships for themselves and their children. Parents Anonymous? welcomes any parent or adult in a parenting role who feels stress and concern about their parenting ability and seeks support, information and training. Complementary children's programs are offered concurrently with the Parents Anonymous? groups.
The Parents Anonymous? group model is based on the belief that parents are the most
effective agents of their own change and the model builds on the strengths pf parents who
attend. Parents Anonymous? principles of shared leadership, mutual support and personal
responsibility have contributed to the success of the program. In addition, the model
incorporates the theories of adult learning styles, group dynamics and psychological
Parents Anonymous? has been independently evaluated and when compared to 11 other
programs has been found to be most successful in parent satisfaction, child welfare outcome
and cost effectiveness. Another study found an almost immediate decrease in reported
frequency of physical abuse. Parents developed feelings of competence in their parenting
role and ability to deal with stress. Length of time in the program was significantly correlated
All organizations planning to develop Parents Anonymous? programs must contact and work directly with Parents Anonymous, Inc. to become accredited and trained in the Parents Anonymous? model.
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