Circle Of Parents

Celebrate successes and address the challenges of parenting.

Parent Trust for Washington Children is a member of a national network of agencies that provide the Circle of Parents® program.  This program of mutual help parent education and support groups is where mothers, fathers and other caregivers can share ideas, celebrate successes and address the challenges of parenting in a non-judgmental setting.  Groups are parent-led with the assistance of a trained facilitator, and offered free of charge around the state of Washington.  Many groups provide a Children’s Group, too.

In the Circle of Parents® Program we believe:

  • People can learn from the life experience of others
  • People can learn to accept support as well as give support
  • Lasting change is possible

To find a group in Washington State:
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Call the Family Help Line: 1-800-932-HOPE (4673)

The model
The Parent Trust Circle of Parents group is an ongoing, informal, parent-to-parent support group. The format is based on the Circle of Parents national organization model and includes the following components:

  • Shared Leadership. Parents participate in helping the group run effectively.
  • Adult Learning. Selected topics and group discussions meet the needs of each parent, thus enhancing individual learning and problem solving.
  • Ongoing. Group meetings are held weekly or bi-weekly. You can start at any time.
  • Confidential. What is shared in the group stays in the group.
  • Free. There is not cost to join.
  • Childcare. Most parent groups offer a program for your child(ren) that meets at the same time as the adult group. More info >>

Bringing a Parent and Children’s Program to Your Community:
Successful groups begin with a partner such as a social service agency, public or private schools, churches, health care facilities, etc. Parent Trust for Washington Children offers the following services to these agencies, free of charge:

  • Program Orientation
  • Parent Program Facilitation training
  • Parent leadership training
  • Circle of Parents Children’s Program Facilitation training
  • Training materials
  • Parent Handouts
  • Ongoing Technical Assistance
  • Outcome Evaluations

For more information on starting a Circle of Parents Group contact:
Sarah Mace
State Parent Program Manager
206-233-0156, ext. 222