Parents Anonymous® of Oregon and Parent Mentor Program

As the Accredited Parents Anonymous® of Oregon, 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 and youth.

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 health and mental health well‐being of Parents/Caregivers and their Children & Youth. 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 Parents Anonymous® Programs.

Parents Anonymous® is both an intervention and prevention program where parents and their children and youth are empowered to create positive and long‐term change for their families. The Parents Anonymous® Program consists of a weekly support group for Parents and Caregivers and a separate group for their Children and Youth (0‐18), Parent Partners/Advocates/Mentors, Supportive and Helpline 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 & Youth Group Facilitators who deliver a structured program to enhance self‐esteem, build resilience, protective factors, ensure the social and emotional development, and well-being of children and youth ages 0-18 who may have mental health or other challenges.

Parent Mentors support parents involved with the child welfare system by linking them with resources and introducing them to a supportive recovery community. Because of their own experience with the system, Mentors are able to encourage and help parents advocate for themselves and their children.

What is a Parent Mentor?

A Parent Mentor is a parent who has experienced challenges in his or her parenting, has maintained an active program of recovery from substance use for two years or more, and has successfully navigated the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare system. Parent Mentors can empathize and support parents entering treatment, maintaining sobriety, and reuniting with their children. They are familiar with the many roads to recovery and can support parents through all stages of recovery.

In support of parents, Parent Mentors:

  • accompany parents to court hearings, family decision meetings, and team decision meetings
  • maintain contact with parents during treatment or incarceration
  • introduce parents to 12-step meetings or other recovery-based meetings
  • assist parents with access to community resources
  • guide parents through the stress of parenting in recovery
  • help parents learn to advocate for themselves and their children
  • provide encouragement and support as the parent navigates the child welfare system

The Parent Mentor Program is a collaboration between Morrison’s Parents Anonymous® of Oregon program, the FIT for Recovery Team, and the Oregon Department of Human Services. Morrison’s Parents Anonymous® of Oregon is Accredited by Parents Anonymous® Inc. Learn more about the Parents Anonymous®  National program by visiting their website: http://parentsanonymous.org/.

Whom We Help

Parent Mentors provide services for parents involved with the child welfare system. Our Parents Anonymous® of Oregon parent support groups are open to parents, step-parents, foster parents, grandparents, older siblings and anyone in a parenting role.

Referrals

To make a referral, please contact us at 503-313-8959 or leah.hall@morrisonkids.org. If you are in crisis and need assistance, please call the Parents Anonymous of Oregon® Parent Helpline at 503-258-4568. For support and empowerment, call the National Parent Helpline® at 1-855-427-2736 or visit their website at nationalparenthelpline.org.

Language Accessibility

At our Beaverton location, services are provided in English and Spanish.

Locations

Services are provided in the home, in treatment, in the community, or anywhere in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, and Polk counties. Offices are located at our Irving, Beaverton, and Salem locations. To attend a Parents Anonymous Support Group meeting, download the Parents Anonymous Groups.

Contact Us

For more information about Parents Anonymous of Oregon® and The Parent Mentor Program, please contact Linda May Wacker at 971-263-3091 or lindamay.wacker@morrisonkids.org. If you are in crisis and need assistance, please call the Parents Anonymous of Oregon® Parent Helpline at 503-258-4568.