The Family Tree's parent education programs not only give you tools to raise happy, healthy and competent children, but also a community of support. We empower and educate parents and children in their home, school or community using either a structured curriculum or support groups.

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Research-Based Parenting Classes

Children don't come with an instruction manual. That's why The Family Tree offers free evidence-based programs designed for families seeking to strengthen parenting skills, improve child behavior or manage specific challenges related to child-rearing.

Current Classes

Parenting for Success: What Works

10 Week Program for Parents with Kids of All Ages

Formerly called the Positive Parenting Program (PPP), our most popular and comprehensive parenting program is designed for those seeking support in a broad range of parenting and child-rearing skills. It is founded on the principle that all parents have the ability to create a safe and nurturing environment for their children. The curriculum is backed by research and proven successful. Topics include:

  • Self Awareness & Care
  • Stages of Development
  • Behavior Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Discipline
  • Parenting Styles
  • Creating a Network of Support
  • ...and more!

Circle of Security

8 Week Program for Parents with Kids Ages 0-5

Circle of Security is a relationship-based program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and their children. We offer key principles for ensuring safety and healthy bonding in an easy and supportive way. Watch this international Circle of Security video to learn more!

MENS Program (Men Encouraging, Nurturing and Supporting)

Program for Fathers and Children

Every child deserves a nurturing father. The MENS (Men Encouraging, Nurturing and Supported) Group is a free program helping men become responsible and devoted fathers. MENS offers a variety of tools for supporting positive parenting and healthy development. You will also have access to support groups, parent training, recreation and mentoring activities.

Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

14 Week Program For Parents with Kids Ages 6-16

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based family skills training program. SFP is found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors in children, and improve social and academic skills. Each session includes:

  • 1/2 Hour Family Meal
  • Breakout Sessions for Parents and Kids: Parent Skills Training Group focuses on parenting skills and self-regulation; Child Skills Training Group focuses on communication, peer resistance, self-regulation, and more; age-appropriate sessions for children ages 6-11 and 12-16
  • Family Skills Training Group: Parents and children practice their new skills together in fun activities such as role-playing, games, and projects

SFP is currently offered in Baltimore City at Glenmount ES/MS on Mondays from 5:30 – 7:30pm and at the Empowerment Academy on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

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Parents Anonymous® Support Groups

As the accredited Parents Anonymous® of Maryland, we operate the Parents Anonymous® Program that is an evidence-based family strengthening program for any family seeking help and support or is involved in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, early childhood, schools, domestic violence, health care, and justice systems given the issues faced by themselves and their children (click here for more).

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 mitigates and prevents Adverse Childhood Experiences by improving the health and mental well-being of parents/ caregivers and their children.

National Outcome Data is collected annually measuring the change in Parents Anonymous® parents/ caregivers and children. We utilize a National Database, Fidelity Tools, and have Certified Staff to operate Parents Anonymous® Programs.

Parents Anonymous® is both an intervention and prevention program where parents and their children are empowered to create positive and long term change for their families. The program consists of a weekly support group for parents/ caregivers and a separate gropu for their children (ages 0-18), parent partners/ advocates/ mentors, 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 Group Facilitators who deliver a structured program to enhance self-esteem, build resilience and protective factors, and ensure the social and emotional well-being of children ages 0-18 who may have mental health or other challenges.

Here are a few other details:

    • Parents/ caregivers of all backgrounds are welcome - including mothers, fathers, grandparents, step-parents, parents of special needs children, teen parents and foster parents.
    • Parents are encouraged to address any family concern in a safe and caring environment.
    • Advocacy efforts are essential and, for those families involved in the child welfare system, the National Coalition on Parent Advocacy can help.
    • Parents can call The Family Tree's Parenting HelpLine at 1-800-243-7337 to receive emotional support and referrals in between weekly Parents Anonymous® Groups.
    • Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength® is the foundation to the success of Parents Anonymous® programs.
    • Parent leadership opportunities through National Certification of Parent Leaders, Parent Leadership Network, and the Shared Leadership® in Action Program are fostered outside of the Parents Anonymous® Group to ensure meaningful shared leadership® in policy development, program design and achieving positive outcomes for families. Every February, we also celebrate National Parent Leadership Month. Learn how you can be a parent leader here!

"Thank you Parent Leaders for your amazing work at the Grow Your Kids conference. Your partnership has allowed us to reach many new families.  We look forward to working together in the future.” ~ Ken Tellerman

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