United Parents History

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.

2015 United Parents is named Non-Profit Service Organization of the Year by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and was named a “Top Ten Business” in our community.

2016 United Parents, along with collaborative community partners, creates a Parent Partner Curriculum Training Program creating the standard training tool for Parent Partners in Ventura County.