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What can CPS do for me and my child?

CPS is not a quick fix. It will challenge you to change the way you think about your child, yourself, and possibly every other person in your life. It is a different way of seeing why people act the way they do. Our Collaborative Problem Solving groups are different than most parenting classes offered. We encourage a lot of participation because this group is for you, the parent (or guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) We care about the struggles you are having and we want to be a healthy support to you and your family.

Will people judge me because I'm attending a parenting group?

Coming to a CPS group is not an admission of failure. We are not here to judge you, we are here to support you and accept who you are. By choosing to try, you are being a good parent, and we want to help you to succeed in being the best parent you can be for your child.

Can we come even though we missed the first class?

Yes, we have an open door policy. If you want to come and meet people going through similar struggles you are, find support, and learn, please come. Many families feel that regular attendance has helped them learn the skills needed for supporting their children. Please come to a meeting, we would like the chance to meet you.

Who are the Group Involvement Volunteers (GIV) and what do they do?

Volunteers want to give back to newer people in the program. They have taken the CPS class 1 or more times and have received the certificate of completion. Before becoming Volunteers, they must complete an orientation class and attend 10 Volunteer meetings before being taken off the waiting list. Volunteers organize special events, make phone call reminders about meetings, and are available to talk with you if you would like. We have been through what many of you are now experiencing, and through CPS training, we have learned ways to support our children in their everyday challenges.