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What is Parents for Parents (P4P)?

Parents for Parents (P4P) is a peer support program
that provides mentoring and guidance to parents
involved with the child welfare system.
The program provides early outreach and education
to help shift parental attitudes from anger and
resentment to acknowledgment and acceptance,
which enhances the parents’ engagement in their
court-ordered plans.
Mentoring is provided by Parent Allies (PAs), parents
who successfully navigated the child welfare system,
accept responsibility for the factors involved in their
child’s dependency, and are eager to help other
parents succeed. PAs receive extensive training and
supervision to provide professional support to
parents and work collaboratively with court
stakeholders.

Core Components 
  • Early Engagement

  • Education and Empowerment

  • Ongoing Peer Mentoring

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Why is Peer Mentoring Important?

​Parents for Parents increases the well-being of children in foster care because
their parents receive peer mentoring that:

  • Encourages their positive engagement with child welfare stakeholders

  • Increases their compliance with court-ordered services

How Does This Work?

INITIAL PLACEMENT HEARING OUTREACH

Parent Allies (PAs) meet with parents in the courthouse at their first hearing after the filing of a
petition by child protection services. Parents are terrified, confused, angry, and alone. PAs
gives parents someone they can relate to and offers hope that reunification is possible.

DEPENDENCY 101 CLASS

This one-time, two-hour, PA-led class educates parents about the child welfare system
they must navigate to reunify with their children. The class provides tips, tools, and
resources that empower parents to be successful while supporting understanding of
their children’s needs.

ON-GOING SUPPORT

PAs continue to support parents by providing
follow-up encouragement and guidance to community resources. Virtual and phone
support is also available to assist parents to overcome barriers in their case and
encourage success.

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Hear from a Judge, about the change she saw in her courtroom after a Parents for Parents program was implemented in her community! 

Want to Learn More about how to get involved? 

Call Shelby at (406) 723-4019 or Message Zero to Five Butte-Silver Bow on social media @zerotofivebuttesilverbow.