As a parent, do you feel as though you're at the "end of your rope" and don't know what to do? We can help.
Is it a crisis?
If it is, call our 24-hour hotline at 724-437-3737. You can also contact or you can reach the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance office at 1-800-448-4906.
Free Support Group
Join our free support group offered through the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA). Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance is a locally sponsored no-fee support group offered through the Crime Victims' Center. The mission of the PFSA is to strengthen the parent-child relationship and to prevent child abuse and neglect. The goal is accomplished through participants and professionally facilitated self-help groups. This information will provide parents with a safe support system and an ability to learn more about how to manage parent and child behaviors in the home.
Parent Life Skills Classes
In these classes we explore how you were parented and how that influences the decisions you make now. Ages and stages of developmnet are described to help you understand appropriate expectations of behavior in your child. You'll learn discipline skills use the teach-and-train approach that will provide an opportunity for responsible behaviors.
Our Parent Life Skills Classes are available as an 11-week series of educational presentations including:
- Types of abuse Anger and stress management Infant care
- Toddler development Stages of development Parenting styles
- Expectations of children Discipline = teach and train Building a bond
- Safety-home and personal Self-esteem 4 goals of behavior
- Encouragement vs. praise Temperament/personality Polite requests
- "I" messages Mutual respect Routines
- Communication blocks Family meetings Tantrums prevention
These classes include information on Bullying, Safe Touch, Nutrition Education (PSU), and Job Seeking (Career Link); our "Drug Babies" and the "The Truth About Drinking" series, plus other presentations by the Private Industry Council, Adagio Health, Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Head Start, and dental health professionals.
We encourage discipline as a non-violent teaching process. With our 1-2-3 Magic video and the 1-4, Active, and Parenting Teens videos, you will learn how to reduce conflict and become more effective in raising your children.
One-on-one Parent Education and Parent Counseling
One-on-one education and counseling are available through the Crime Victims' Center. This one-on-one service will give support to parents by offering individual assistance.
Early Childhood Step Class
This class is designated for parents of children that are newborn to and including age four. This 11-week class will help set the stage for positive family relationships. Parents will learn how to raise cooperative, responsible and confident children from an early age. This class provides a framework for understanding young children's ever changing needs, capabilities and behavior.
1, 2, 3, 4 Parenting
This class is presented as an 11-week program for parents of children through age four and teaches step-by-step skills to help you parent your child. This course will show you how to discipline, prevent problems, ways to build a loving bond, childproof your home, and how to care for your child at different ages and stages.
This class is an 11-week parenting course for parents of children ages 5-12. This program teaches parents the techniques and skills they can put to work right away. Parents can learn to: build on their child's strengths, put an end to power struggles, instill courage and self-esteem, stimulate independence, develop responsibility, and communicate more effectively.
These are for parents of teens provided over an 11-week series to provide communication techniques that can improve the parent-child relationship. These skills will help parents to allow teens to become more confident, self-reliant, and responsible. The focus is on the issues unique to raising teens which are: growing independence, social pressure, dating, curfew, using the car, career plans, use of alcohol-tobacco and other drugs, and sexual activity.
These classes are available through area schools or District Magistrate offices. Note: Fines may be suspended in lieu of a successful completion in the Truancy Program.
Juvenile Probation Life Skills
These classes are offered with a focus on prevention techniques for youth involved with the Fayette County Probation Office. Participants will gain awareness through a variety of text and video materials. Self-esteem and values training will help the youth examine underlying motives for their actions and consider the consequences based on the negative and positive decisions that they make.
Competency Development Program
The Fayette County Juvenile Probation Office in collaboration with the Crime Victims' Center is offering these classes based on the Pennsylvania Balanced and Restorative Justice System. The offenders will be directly accountable to the victims' and communities they have violated. The juveniles will learn more effective ways to respect healthy community rules and gain skills toward improved development of self-control. Each offender is asked to write a letter of restitution/apology to their victims in an effort to restore the emotional and/or material losses of each crime. Classes are available upon referral.
Speaking engagements are available to the community upon request.
Most of our services are free and strictly confidential.
If you are interested, call 724-438-1470 or send us an email about any of the above family and parenting support services.