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Supported Parenting

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What is Supported Parenting?

Supportive Parenting is an approach to helping families headed by a parent(s) with cognitive challenges. It involves working long term, building on a family's strengths, in order to promote competence and sustain independence. It is based on:
Who are the Families?

The Supported Parenting Project began supporting parents with intellectual disabilities in 2005 as part of an Administration on Developmental Disabilities Family Support 360 Grant. Families were referred to the project through the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) and subsequently the Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP) across RI. The Project supported 73 families over six years. The Project supported 68 mothers and 9 fathers, with the majority of the families led by single parents. Fifty-eight (58) percent of parents were White, 18% Hispanic or Latino, 15% Black/African American, 3% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 4% Multiracial.

The grant supporting this project ended in October, 2009. The Sherlock Center continues to support approximately 30 families despite lack of any current source of funding.

What are the Needs?

The following needs and barriers were identified by the initial group of 25 families during a needs assessment:

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