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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072


Supported Parenting Project

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The Sherlock Center's Supported Parenting program develops long-term relationships with parents and builds on a family's strengths to promote competence and sustain independence. The model is based on:
  • Engaging parents as active partners in service planning and as equals in choices and decisions affecting their family.
  • Respecting families and the strong emotional bond between parents and children.
  • Viewing parents as a resource and part of the solution.
  • Working with the family as a whole rather than as individual members.
  • Helping parents to feel in control and experience competency.
  • Supporting families in the context of their own extended families, neighborhoods, and communities.
Family Support Specialist
Central to the Sherlock Centerís Supported Parenting Program is the work with a Family Support Specialist. Through regular meetings, the Family Support Specialist assists parents and families to:
  • Develop a service plan in coordination with any other plans to identify strategies to achieve their goals.
  • Develop a network of long-term natural supports.
  • Identify and connect with community resources and more formalized services as needed.
Family Support Specialists provide guidance and coaching in the following areas:
  • Conflict resolution and family relationships
  • Developing and maintaining a social support network
  • Low literacy challenges
  • Childrenís medical and educational supports
  • Housing and household management
  • Financial management
  • Transportation and related resources
  • Employment and related resources
  • Basic parenting skills
Family Support Specialists

Mitzie Johnson
Family Support Coordinator
Email: mjohnson@ric.edu
Direct Line: 401-456-2817

Iraida Williams
Family Support Coordinator
Bi-lingual English/Spanish
Email: iwilliams@ric.edu
Direct Line: 401-456-4790

Brochures

English 170 kb pdf logo image
Spanish 26 kb pdf logo image

Referral Forms

These forms are only for referrals from DCYF. Other organizations interested in making a referral should contact one of the Family Support Specialist. Fees may apply.

Referral to Sherlock Center from RI DCYF 117 kb pdf logo image
Referral to Sherlock Center from RI DCYF 306 kb pdf logo image

Technical Assistance

Family Support Specialists are available to provide technical assistance and offer professional development workshops to agencies supporting parents with cognitive challenges. Fees may apply. Contact a Family Support Specialist for more information.

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