When parents are overwhelmed and do not know the next step, it is hard to ask for help or to know where to turn. That is why The Parenting PATH provides a safe haven with the trusted support parents need in order to create a thriving home. Our programs and services are proven to strengthen families, enhance parent-child relationships and create safer, more stable communities.
Cheers to 40 Years!
This year we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary! Founded in 1981, with the support of the Exchange Club of Greater Winston-Salem, Exchange/SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) began providing services in Forsyth County. Following the National Exchange Foundation’s model of using parent aides, staff and volunteers worked with parents in the family’s home. This revolutionary model operated in partnership with families, teaching child development knowledge and providing support without judgment.
In the last 40 years, we have served Forsyth and surrounding counties by building resilience in our families and community. We have grown to offer 13 evidence-based programs designed to ensure that every child has the opportunity to grow in a safe and supportive environment.
Support at Every Parenting Stage, for Every Parent
Through the last four decades, our guiding principle has been working with families from a strengths-based perspective. We strive to identify what the families are doing right rather than focus on what they may be doing wrong. Our staff believes in respecting the culture of our families and celebrates the diversity that makes us a stronger community. Too often we heard that clients felt embarrassed to receive services from an agency whose name featured the words “child abuse.” As our services expanded, we wanted to incorporate our positive, strengths-based approach into our name. In 2018, we became The Parenting PATH (Positive Actions, Thriving Homes).
The Parenting PATH offers a variety of services including in-home visitation, respite care, parent education and counseling. No child, no parent and no situation is the same, so our staff adapt services to meet the family’s unique needs.
There’s No Map for This, Is There?
We recognize that it takes a village to raise children, and that every child deserves a home where he or she thrives. The Parenting PATH provides support for parents and caregivers to be the best they can be through positive, impactful programs. Our approach offers a support system for parents, so they can provide a safe, loving home for their children.
The Parenting PATH has adapted to changing times, adding unique services for families in response to challenges facing our community. Forsyth County’s Infant Mortality Rate is routinely the highest of all urban counties in North Carolina, so in our Welcome Baby program, staff visit with new parents in-home to provide support, child development information and links to valuable community resources. After learning that 50% of parents admit to frequent and intense conflict as co-parents during the first two years of separation, we created the Co-Parenting for Healthy Children program, which teaches parents how to deal with the conflict of separation, divorce and co-parenting. To assist parents who may be struggling to navigate parenting challenges, The Parenting PATH implemented the Parent Coaching program. Parents work one-on-one with a trained provider who will observe parent-child interaction and create a custom plan for the family.
Pave the Way
We provide parenting resources to all. Many of our services are offered at no cost to families to build resilience in our community. Help us guide families through the most vulnerable time in their lives, and pave the way to safe and loving homes. Please partner with The Parenting PATH and make a generous donation of $40 or more to the 40 for Forty Campaign, in celebration of our 40th Anniversary. Your support makes a real, lasting impact on children and families in our community.
The Parenting PATH is located at 500 W. Northwest Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC, 27105. For more information on services offered by The Parenting PATH or to donate to the 40 for Forty Campaign, please visit the agency’s website at parentingpath.org.