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United Parents provides resources to empower, strengthen and supports parents who have children with mental health, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
- United Parents is family driven.
- United Parents is the voice of families building a bridge to recovery.
- United Parents is innovative; it seeks to identify, design & fill the gaps in treatment services.
- United Parents is an autonomous organization that works with other agencies and professionals in a collaborative, non-adversarial manner.
- United Parents encourages approaches to healing and recovery as diverse as our community.
United Parents History
1990 Norm & Ellen Linder founded United Parents and encouraged parents of children with emotional, behavioral and/or mental disorders to educate themselves, focus on recovery and participate as partners with professionals in the treatment of their children.
1990 UpWords, a newsletter of United Parents, is published to share stories, educate and empower families.
1991 United Parents is incorporated, becoming the first parent run nonprofit in California serving families raising children with emotional, behavioral and/or mental disorders.
1992 Monthly support meetings expand within the county and into Los Angeles. United Parents establishes a specialty Library.
1993 Carpe Diem, a regional conference for those who raise or work with children with emotional disturbances is inaugurated in collaboration with United Parents, Ventura County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) and Ventura County Behavioral Health.
1995 United Parents offers the first respite program in the State of California to assist parents facing the challenges of raising a child with mental disorders.
1996 United Parents began the first children’s crisis intervention/prevention program in Ventura County.
2001 United Parents advocated and championed the family perspective in bringing Wraparound services to Ventura County.
2002 United Parents offers Educational Advocacy for children in the foster care system.
2003 Recruited, trained and provided the county’s first Parent Partners (parent peers) as team members for Ventura County Wraparound.
2004 United Parents expands Educational Advocacy to include all children needing assistance in attaining services necessary for a free and appropriate education.
2005 Trained and placed on-call Crisis Support Counselors in an adult psychiatric hospital to comfort and stay with children awaiting a proper bed elsewhere.
2007 Recruited, trained and provided Parent Partners as team members with Interface & Solutions (Juvenile Mental Health Court).
2008 Recruited, trained and provided Parent Partners to work with families in their home as a team member with Ventura County Behavioral Health Children’s clinics.
2008 United Parents begins Para-professional trainings for Parent Partners.
2009 Parents With Purpose becomes a part of United Parents, serving parents in the CPS system trying to re-unify with their children.
2011 United Parents celebrates our Twenty Year Anniversary of service with our families and professional partners
United Parents offers:
Parent Partners: Experienced and trained parents partners work with professionals and parents to avoid crisis and conflicts in the home. We coordinate interventions with clinicians to enhance treatment success and advocate for effective, practical mental health approaches that encourage wellness & recovery.
Educational Advocacy: Educational Advocates assist parents in navigating the complex Special Education and mental health systems by facilitating the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process; 504 Accommodations; and positive behavior supports.
Respite services: Trained workers provide a short term break that helps parents raising children with mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders relax from daily routines and stress, helping stabilize the home and family, minimizing crisis.
Parents With Purpose: Parent Leaders work with parents to navigate the Juvenile Family Courts and Child Family Services systems. They connect families with local resources to provide housing, parenting, anger management and/or domestic violence classes.
Advocacy: United Parents advocates at local and state levels for approaches to treatment that acknowledge family strengths, diversity and partnership. We also advocate for families to be accountable and we work with professionals to strengthen both agencies and treatment outcomes.
Parenting workshops: Workshops designed for parents with children with emotional, behavior or mental disorders include role playing to learn solutions and strategies to prevent and de-escalate challenging behaviors. Workshops are also available to help parents learn the ins and outs of medications, mental disorders, special education, avoiding burn out, etc.
Crisis Support Counselors: Caring para-professionals calm and engage with children temporarily housed at the inpatient psychiatric hospital as they await an appropriate facility or are stable enough to return home.
Library: Families have access to books, videos, CDs about parenting special needs children. Located at the United Parents Office.
Professional Trainings: Information that is learned through extensive clearances, certifications and on-going trainings to maintain a high professional standard and meet the needs of our special families, is shared with others looking to enhance their understanding of mental disorders, knowledge and skills.
Monthly Support Groups: A dynamic forum of families to share, explore, suggest, educate and encourage each other as we care for our challenging children.
Call United Parents today for more information (805) 384-1555