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Information For Parents

To be a parent is to take on one of the most challenging jobs our world has to offer. It is a lifelong position with round-the-clock demands, frustrations, and curveballs – and often on little sleep. At the same time, being a parent can bring a richness to our lives unmatched by any other role we may play.

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont understands this. We are well-versed in the struggles you as a parent face day-to-day and year-to-year, and we also share a common goal: nurturing healthy, loving relationships between children and the people who care for them.

We fully acknowledge that no one knows your child better than you. Consider PCAV your dedicated partner, a support system that helps create active, happy, and prosperous families throughout Vermont.

Since its beginning, PCAV has always been deeply committed to enhancing the lives of children and families. To that end, we offer programs and services that:

  • Provide a nurturing environment for children
  • Provide helpful information for parents and caregivers
  • Decrease destructive behaviors
  • Assist children, youth, and parents alike to increase positive behavior patterns
  • Encourage people to take control of and responsibility for their lives

There is no one single best model of parenting. What may be right for one family or one child may not be suitable for another. At the same time, PCAV believes that we all need to keep working at it. Parenting takes a lot of skill and patience and growth. Research shows that children benefit when their parents or caregivers learn about children’s development and needs, provide structure and routines and stay consistent, show understanding and empathy to their children, and communicate honestly and often. As parents and guardians, you play the most important role in children’s lives and influence their behaviors, values, and choices.

To learn more about the ways we help:

Web Resources:

KidsHealth is a website with helpful information on topics related to children’s health and development.

This website covers physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of children from birth through their teenage years, providing accurate information so parents know when to relax and when to consider seeking help. While developmental milestones matter, each child is unique and, as such, will not always learn and grow in a textbook manner.

A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this resource promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

This site has parenting advice, pep talks, MP3 workshops, and more for parents.

The information and resources on this website will help you work together with your partner parent to create a loving and cooperative environment for your children even though you live in separate households.

Information For Professsionals

Articles:

Effects of Separation and Loss on Children's Development (.PDF)

Infant Massage: Communicating Love Through Touch (.PDF)

Involving Men in Nurturing (.PDF)

Research Round-up Parenting (.PDF)

The Art and Science of Raising Healthy Children (.PDF)

The Conceptual Development of the Nurturing Programs (.PDF)

Web Resources:

Home of Family Development Resources, publishers of the Nurturing Parenting Programs,  this site has information about the history of Nurturing Programs, curriculum materials, training resources, and research.

This is the home of the National Circle of Parents organization. It has information, advice, and resources pertaining to parenting and Circle of Parents Support Groups.

The Nurturing Father’s Program is a curriculum-based fathering program. The website has information about the curriculum, training, and other resources.

This website has lots of useful information, articles, and resources for dads.

A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this resource promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.