For information please call:
1(800) CHILDREN (VT) | (802) 229-5724

Circle of Parents

What is Circle of Parents?

Circle of Parents is a professionally facilitated, peer led self-help support group for parents. Circle of Parents offers parents the opportunity to explore their parenting in a safe and confidential weekly group. Parents come together and share their experiences, challenges and successes. Parents learn they are not alone and they can change the way they raise their children. Circle of Parents is co-led by professionally trained volunteer(s) and a parent leader, who is a group member. There are no fees or dues to attend. While the parents are meeting, professionally trained volunteers care for their children. The children have snacks, play games, are read to, and, most of all, are nurtured.

Why attend Circle of Parents?

Circle of Parents allows parents to: 

  • Learn new parenting ideas 
  • Replace old, harmful parenting ways with new, healthy ways 
  • Give support to other parents 
  • Have time with other adults while their children are cared for in a safe, nurturing environment 
  • Build friendships 

What do parents talk about in Circle of Parents?

Parents come to Circle of Parents with issues such as:

  • Needing new parenting ideas as their children get older 
  • Feeling isolated and alone 
  • Raising their children as a single parent 
  • Having physically and/or emotionally abused their children 
  • Feeling afraid that they might abuse their children 
  • Experiencing conflict with their current or former partner or other family member about how to parent their children 

When and where does Circle of Parents meet?

Circle of Parents participants meet weekly for 1 1/2 to 2 hours in communities throughout the state of Vermont. To find a group closest to you, call in Vermont 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) OR 802-229-5724. You can also contact us at:

Does Circle of Parents take the place of therapy?

Circle of Parents does not take the place of therapy. It supports parents socially and emotionally so that they are better able to participate in other services. In situations where sexual abuse or substance abuse is an issue, other services are necessary in addition to Circle of Parents™. 

If you would like to attend Circle of Parents in Vermont, 
Please call 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) Monday through Friday between 9AM and 5PM. You will learn more about Circle of Parents and can ask any questions. When you call, you will need to give your name and phone number so that the Family Support Coordinator in your area can call you to help determine if Circle of Parents is appropriate for you at this time, tell you more about the specific group closest to you, and invite you to the next meeting.