August 17, 2011; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…………………………………….a pdf poster is available
CONTACT: Candy Eaton, Program Director
Downeast Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605
“FREE Downeast Circle of Parents Monthly Support Groups”
If you are a parent, step-parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other guardian caring for children, you are invited to join other caregivers in two monthly support groups held in Hancock and Washington counties. The Downeast Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services, is pleased to invite you to our new monthly “Circle of Parents Parent Café” group that will meet on 2nd Tuesday of the month in Ellsworth, and the 3rd Tuesday of the month in Machias.
If you are interested in participating in these FREE mutual support groups, please call Jamie Brooks at 667-5304 ext. 261. Everyone is welcome. Share your story, meet others in your situation, and learn about resources and activities at the following locations:
· Downeast Health Services, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, 10:00am-11:30am on the second Tuesday of September through December 2011.
· Downeast Health Services, 247 Main Street, Suite 2, Machias, 10:00am-11:30am on the third Tuesday of September through December 2011.
Family Support American defines a family as a group of people who take responsibility for each other’s well-being: parents,
children, grandparents, partners, siblings, aunts, uncles, kin. Each family is different, and defining “family” is up to the family itself.
One of the principal values of mutual self-help support is the emphasis on parents as experts about their children. Caregivers
give and receive support as they explore new ideas about parenting; learn new ways of coping with anger, frustration and disappointment that parenting can bring; and celebrate milestones in their journey toward being better parents.
There are no absolutes in parenting. Parents must find their own way as they evolve a parenting style that suits them. Because there is no curriculum or single prescribed method of parenting, caregivers are not put under pressure to conform, just to consider how different ways of approaching a situation might work for them.
Support groups often bring together caregivers representing different life stages as well as different family development stages. Not only can it be helpful for younger parents to have the experience of more seasoned parents to draw from, older parents are able to develop insight into the behavior of their adolescents from persons who have recently experienced that stage.
Throughout Hancock and Washington Counties, there are others who share many similar experiences and feelings. Please call 667-5304 ext. 261, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.downeasthealth.org for additional information on parenting classes, support groups and family resources available in Downeast Maine.