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Parent Nurturing Program

Our Impact: Resilient People

Change does not always happen in a straight line. Becoming a strong family can be a rewarding journey for parents and a life-changing one for children. But there are times when the journey starts in a difficult situation.

The Parent Nurturing program supports families who are working with foster care agencies to have their children return home from temporary placement. The program offers a structured series of parenting education and supervised parent/child activity time, including family meal times to support families and foster care agencies as they work towards parental reunification.

How it works

Arbor Circle, foster care agencies and families with children in foster care work together to re-unite parents and children by providing therapeutic, structured group experiences.

Each series consists of 12 weekly group meetings. There are separate group sessions for parents and for children occurring at the same time. Groups include both parents (or just moms or fathers) who are in the process of being reunified with their children. Services support nurturing relationships that re-connect parents and their children. 

Children are grouped into age appropriate groups for structured play opportunities while the parents receive therapeutic and skill building group services. Parents and children then come together for a meal and relationship building activities. Staff provide support and guidance throughout the family activities in a safe and welcoming environment.


Services are available for families with children either in foster care or Child Protective Services.  Referrals are made by foster care agency staff. 

Want to help improve parenting skills and strengthen families? Call us at (616) 456-6571 to connect with Parent Nurturing staff.