Father's Support Group in Suffolk County House of Correction


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


20 Bradston StBoston, MA 02118
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About Parents Helping Parents: Parents Helping Parents is a nonprofit offering two services to parents in need: The Parental Stress Line and Parent Support Groups.Our goal is to empower parents to nurture their children, prevent child abuse and build stronger families.

Parents Helping Parents runs a network of support groups for parents who want to improve relationships with their children. At the Suffolk County House of Corrections, Parents Helping Parents runs a group for men who are approaching their release from prison. Parents who attend this support group seek encouragement and feedback on often strained and distant relationships with their children. Shared leadership, trust, respect, responsibility, and positive parenting are key components of our support groups. In the prison setting, parents are often struggling to stay connected with their children and their partner/ex-partner. Our group provides a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for creating positive and caring peer relationships. Our group focuses on building positive future relationships with ones children; once the emotional support of the parent has been strengthened, a parent is better able to actively guide and nurture their family.

We need a volunteer (you!) to act as a group facilitator for the parent support group in the Suffolk County House of Corrections. As a facilitator, you will be maintaining the safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment which characterizes our support groups.


  • Commitment to strengthening families
  • Effective nonjudgmental communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Willing to work in a low-security prison environment
  • Available for one weekday group on Wednesdays from 130-230pm


  • 14 hours of training held in our main office in Watertown, MA
  • 1 year commitment meeting with groups weekly for 1 hour (day/time is flexible)
  • 1 hour orientation at the Suffolk County HOC


  • Child Welfare
  • People Skills
  • Mental Health
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Relationship Building
  • Family Therapy

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1.5-2 hours per week; 1 year commitment preferred

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