Becoming a mother was the most transformative event in my life. Through learning how to be a better mother I was led to evolving into a better person. My profound experiences as a mom led me to cofound a nonprofit organization 22 years ago so I could help other mothers and fathers in their journey. I'm a former special education teacher, coauthor of a book, Attached at the Heart, a curriculum developer, a Certified Family Life Educator and a Certified Educator of Infant Massage. In 2014 I served as president for the Southeastern Council on Family Relations. I believe peace begins at home.
Thank you Lacy. Yes, outreach to low income communities is definitely part of our strategic plan as we scale up. An integral part of that plan includes more formalized parenting classes then identifying and training graduates of the classes to facilitate a support group in their community.
This is an incredibly important program for low income mothers who face unimaginable challenges in our society. Knowing that "we can't give what we don't have" your program addresses the most immediate survival and emotional needs of the mother while encouraging and supporting her in her new mothering skills, so necessary for breaking the cycle of intergenerational abuse. While you do offer a network of support services to your moms, how challenging is it to find those services that support your holistic approach? Would these resources be limited to funding and time? Without ongoing support, many parents revert back to ineffective or abusive parenting . Our program is holistic and preventive in its approach and would be a good complement to your program in that we can train peer support group leaders to facilitate a free on-going community support group of mothers who have graduated from the program, enabling them to be more self-sufficient, to create their new "tribe" and continue to educate and support each other in their new skills