Parent Support Resources

Rise strives to make it easy to include parent stories in parent support groups and parenting classes. Our workbooks and booklets offer credible guidance from peers. Stories guide parents in navigating family support services and the child welfare system. Used nationwide, our workbooks have a proven record of helping parents feel less alone and ashamed–and more aware of the steps they can take to solve family problems and keep children safe home.

Rise Know Your Rights Training for Young Parents in Foster Care

In 2017, Rise educated dozens of young mothers who grew up in foster care in order to prevent children from being unnecessarily removed from home. 

Through Know Your Rights presentations at Covenant House, the NYC child welfare agency, and in mother/child foster care group homes citywide, young women learned about child welfare law, how to address risks through preventive or mental health supports, and how to protect their families by asserting their rights.

When young people … Read More

Rise’s TIPS Approach to Supporting Parents in Supervised Visits

Rise’s TIPS handouts, videos and posters offer parents clear information and peer guidance to navigate their cases, and provide frontline foster care professionals with tools to strengthen communication and trust with parents.

Developed in partnership with parents and frontline staff at three NYC foster care agencies–Graham Windham, JCCA and Sheltering Arms–our first set of TIPS focuses on visits. Rise has trained caseworkers, visit coaches and parents advocates to use the TIPS to orient parents when their children enter … Read More

Washington State Parent Leaders Use Rise to Offer Hope and Guidance: ‘In Rise, there’s all these amazing parents from across the nation that have succeeded. The message is that you are not alone.’

Interview with Washington State Veteran Parents KIMBERLY MAYS, ALISE HEGLE, HEATHER CANTAMESSA, AMBROSIA EBERHARDT:

Kimberly: All of us are parent leaders in Washington State. We’re “veteran parents”—parents who are veterans of the child welfare system. I got involved 8 years ago. CPS had taken my daughter. When I got her back, they asked me to get involved in implementing the first Parent-to-Parent program. Now I’m a social worker at the Office of Public Defense (OPD), … Read More

Rise Stories Strengthen Visit Coaching: ‘One of the Most Helpful Tools in My Job’

Robyn Hubbard, a Visit Coach for Salvation Army Children’s Services in Allentown, PA, wrote to Rise: “I serve parents whose children have been placed in foster care to help improve their experience of visits and to empower parents to meet the needs of their children. I found your magazine while researching Visit Coaching in other states. I have to say that your publication, representing the voices of parents who have experienced the child welfare system, has been one of … Read More