Parents Place's mission is to strengthen families and protect children through prevention, intervention, and education in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Parents Place provides quality family programming, as well as child maltreatment prevention services to children that are at risk of or have experienced child abuse and neglect.
Parents Place, Inc. began in 1983 as a grass roots response to the increasing problem of child abuse and neglect.
At the request of Waukesha County Human Services, the Supervised Visitation Program was developed. This one of a kind program was designed to provide children who have been placed in foster care an opportunity to visit with their parents while the Department is formulating a permanency plan for the family. Children and their non-custodial parents are able to spend quality time together in the nurturing environment of Parents Place. Supervising staff observes the families, facilitates one on one intensive parenting instruction if needed, and provides written documentation for the court system.
Due to the increasing need for more extensive in-home Supervised Visitation, the Emergency In-Home Visitation program was established in 1994. This program operates with a "pool" of social workers who are called upon at the request of Waukesha County Department of Health & Human Services to provide short term, but intensive support to families who are at risk of having a child removed from the home. In-home support includes parent education, home management instruction and ongoing documentation of family functioning. A Visitation Coordinator position was also created to engage the family in family assessments and case planning regarding their supervised visitation access as well as teach positive parenting instruction and other skills necessary that facilitate optimal family functioning and enhance family relationships. The goal is to enable children to maintain their relationship with their parents by facilitating and providing visits as soon as possible after a child has been placed in out of home care.
On April 1, 2000 Parents Place obtained coordination and administration of the Community Education contract, where it is known as Waukesha County's Family Resource Center for families with children ages 0-18. We continually collaborate and maintain a network of community service providers while offering services like parent and child educational and support groups, information and referral, crisis support, complimentary child care, networking opportunities, community awareness and special events.
Recognizing the importance of early learning, Born Learning is offered as a Community Education program of Parents Place. Born Learning offers the latest information based on scientific research involving early childhood brain development. Parents, grandparents, caregivers and the community are provided with specific, do-able action steps that are fun and easy to do during daily life - to promote early learning opportunities for young children.
Parents Place also acts as a leader in the advocacy arena for children at the local, state, and national level. Many relationships are formed to assure a strong network of resources for the families we serve which include the Waukesha County Safe and Stable Families Project, Trauma Informed Care Partnership of Waukesha County, United Way of Waukesha County, Waukesha County Community Council, Drug Free Communities, Waukesha County Child and Family Services Advisory Committee, Waukesha Intervention Project, Supervised Visitation Network and the Wisconsin Prevention Network.
Parents Place receives it's funding from Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services, United Way of Waukesha County, Waukesha County Community Development Block Grant, Safe and Stable Families, Waukesha County Community Foundation, Roundy's Foundation and numerous other foundations, grants and individual contributions. Parents Place's agency audit, 990, conflict of interest and other government documents are available upon request.