Rise Programs

Rise staff, summer 2021.

Rise offers the following programs that build parent leadership and power to dismantle the family policing system and create communities that invest in families and offer collective care:

Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program

Through this 18-week program, parents impacted by ACS build a strong foundation to become advocates and leaders in their community and in dismantling family policing. Learn more about the program by reading our Rise & Shine FAQs and 2022 program report and viewing our 2022 Rise & Shine graduation.

Community Organizing for our Parents’ Platform

Our parent-led organizing team is developing a Parents’ Platform to advocate for investments that will improve community conditions, reduce family policing and build new approaches to preventing and addressing harm. Read our participatory action research report, read our Parents’ Platform 2022 Program Report, learn about our policy priorities and read more about our advocacy and organizing work.

Peer and Community Care Network

The peer team developed a report and model of peer and community care to support safe, thriving families and prevent involvement with the family policing system. We began training Peer Supporters in 2022. Learn more about the program by reading our Peer Care Network 2022 Program Report.

Parent Advocate Training

While moving toward our vision of dismantling the system, Rise works to ensure that parents involved in the system right now have the support of a trained, life-experienced parent advocate. Rise trains parent advocates to provide parents with information and support with navigating the system, reunifying more quickly and then staying out of the system. Read our Parent Advocate Training Program FAQ and 2022 Parent Advocate Training Program Report.

Communications and Publications

Through our online magazine, publications, website, newsletter and social media platforms (@readrisemag), Rise shares stories by and for parents, provides information, raises awareness of the harms of the family policing system, highlights community-led solutions and offers ways to get involved. Read our Communications and Publications 2022 Program Report.

Additional Offerings

Community Training

Rise provides free online training opportunities for parents and community members on topics such as toxic stress, parents’ legal rights, systemic oppression, abolition and the history of the family policing system.

Parent Peer Support Circle

Our peer support circle is a space to connect with other parents with similar experiences and share resources and information. Through restorative justice circles processes, we discuss our experiences and challenges as parents and support one another. Our parent-led community support circle is now open to parents impacted by family policing systems in any location across the country. Complete the sign-up form and we will send you the link to join the support circle by Zoom!

>> See all upcoming Rise events and trainings.