Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) announced the release of its 2016 North Carolina Circle of Parents Program evaluation results. Results demonstrate that Circle of Parents is of unquestioned value to participants and increases the health and well-being of parents, children and families.
PCANC is dedicated to providing the infrastructure support necessary for quality implementation of Circle of Parents. Community-based agencies across the state that are implementing Circle of Parents are members of PCANC’s Implementation Support Network with access to coaching, technical assistance, training and evaluation assistance. The objective of Circle of Parents is to help parents become more competent and confident in their parenting roles by supporting the Protective Factors, which are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families.
Results for the Circle of Parents Program showed statistically significant results in the following Protective Factors: family functioning and resiliency, social emotional support, concrete support, and nurturing and attachment. This evaluation includes data representing 458 participants from 52 Circle of Parents groups across 26 North Carolina Counties.
Circle of Parents is a parent-led and professionally facilitated parent support group program that gives parents the opportunity to share in each other’s successes and challenges while developing a network of support. While Circle of Parents is open to anyone in a parenting role, many groups focus on participants with specific commonalities such as grandparents raising grandchildren, fathers of preschoolers, or parents of children with special needs. Weekly sessions are led by parent leaders and are supported by trained facilitators.