Family Peer Support and Advocacy

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Through this program, Putnam Family & Community Services offers support, advocacy, information and referral to families trying to navigate through the mental health system. For families with a child experiencing emotional problems, Family Peer Support Advocates help them understand the system and work for positive outcomes with schools, courts, probation, and other community organizations.  For parents seeking assistance in developing the skills needed to create a stable and nurturing environment for their children, Parenting Skills classes and support groups at PFCS can help.


We also provide services in partnership with Green Chimneys to families who participate in the Home and Community Based Waiver Program offered though the Office of Mental Health. 


Parenting Skills & Support

For parents struggling to develop the parenting skills that will ensure their child’s place in the home and a positive experience for the entire family, PFCS offers fee-based classes including Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) and The Parenting Journey, as well as a free Family Connections support group to help them on that journey.


STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting)

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) is a series of workshops that provide skills training for parents dealing with frequently encountered challenges with their children.  It promotes a more participatory family structure by fostering responsibility, independence, and competence in children; improving communication between parents and children; and helping children learn from the natural and logical consequences of their own choices.  Our trained facilitators offer this seven-week course throughout the year.  For further information, please see our flyer; call X224 for information on class schedule and pricing. 


The Parenting Journey

The Parenting Journey is a series of workshops that builds self confidence in parents, helping them learn to respect themselves and their children. This twelve-week course concentrates on the emotional understanding of what it means to be a parent, and why individuals parent as they do. It focuses on promoting attitudes that enhance good parenting, respect, helping, listening with empathy, and being curious. For further information please see our flyer; call X157 for information on class schedule and pricing.


Family Connections

This free, family-to-family support group is a place where parents and caregivers can share their experiences and discuss the challenges of raising children in today's world. Whether parenting children with mental health or emotional difficulties, or raising the child of a family member or family friend, this group gives adults the opportunity to support one another and learn about available resources and advocacy. Meanwhile, children can participate in a fun activity with other kids from families like their own. The group meets twice a month, on the first and third Thursday. For further information, please see our flyer or call X215.


For more information:

  • Call PFCS at 845-225-2700 x 224
  • Read our Program Flyer
  • View an article from Take Note, our agency newsletter



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