Our mission is to ensure meaningful Parent and Youth Leadership with lived experiences in Shared Leadership that results in better outcomes for families and communities by advocating, implementing and evaluating across systems through evidence-based Parents Anonymous Groups, National Parent Helpline, Shared Leadership in Action and National Certification of Parent Leaders and Staff.As the nation’s premier family strengthening organization dedicated to mitigating and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Parents Anonymous Inc. is a community of parents, organizations and volunteers.
Parents Anonymous (r) Inc. was founded in 1969 through the extraordinary efforts of Jolly K., a courageous and tenacious, mother who sought help to create a safe and caring home for her family. Faced with personal traumas and mental health issues of her children she sought help, support, hope and build upon her strengths to foster a brighter future for her family and millions of others. Her tenacity has inspired and encouraged so many families worldwide. The Parents Anonymous (r) Group, was first family strengthening program (created in California) still stands as the only evidence-based Parent Partner Program according to the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (add link). Working in partnership with her social worker, they launched a unique solution for parents who wanted to strengthen their families faced with many mental health and other related problems - the Parents Anonymous (r) Program - a group which meets weekly, is free of charge to parents and caregivers and is evidenced-based utilizing mutual support, parent leadership and shared leadership (r) to empower, inspire and create long term positive changes in their families. We know that Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength (r).