Alabama Department of
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama


Alabama Department of
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama


education & support

A Parent Education and Support Program must include and demonstrate compliance with all of the following:

  • Offer social support, information and referrals to assist parents/caregivers.
  • Deliver in an individual or group setting.
  • Provide the required data for the Evaluation Team state-level program evaluation.
  • Include the “Protective Factors” in all programming.
  • Provide education on Shaken Baby (Abusive Head Trauma) Prevention and Safe Sleeping environments.

Types of Parent Education and Support Programs include, but are not limited to

  • Programs for pregnant or parenting teen mothers (may be implemented in classroom setting, hospital, etc.)
  • Programs for adult and teen fathers and adolescent males
  • Programs for new parents (provides set curriculum on child development, parenting skills, and support systems); this type of program should provide follow-up contacts
  • Educational and support programs for parents of special needs children
  • Parenting program around specific need issues (parenting a teenager, parents going through divorce, etc.)
  • Parenting programs that address at-risk youth ages 8 – 17 (Children First Programs)
  • Programs that require a parent to attend parenting or coping skills classes run in conjunction with programs provided to their children brought before the court (Children First Programs)
  • Programs that provide early, comprehensive support for parents
  • Programs that increase family stability and promote the early development of parenting skills, especially in young parents and parents with very young children
  • Programs that improve family access to other formal and informal resources and opportunities for community assistance
  • Programs that support the additional needs of families with children with disabilities through respite care and other services
  • Programs that offer short-term assistance in times of stress (e.g. resource libraries, support groups)
  • Programs that promote the five protective factors: parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development, social and emotional competence of children, social connections, and concrete support in times of need