Courageous and committed to the Family Helpline/Stressline program “Help a parent, Save a child”, Parents Anonymous volunteers have gone beyond condemning child abuse by becoming actively involved in the work of strengthening families and supporting families. Parents Anonymous® of New Jersey is a volunteer based organization. Every year over 100 volunteers devote time and energy to help parents throughout the state in their struggle to be the best parents they can be. All volunteers receive training, materials, ongoing supervision, and continuing education opportunities. Use the following guide to help you decide your areas of interest:
Parents Anonymous® Parent Stressline/Family Helpline volunteers donate four hours per week to take calls on a listening and information and referral hotline devoted to family issues. Callers include parents under stress and in crisis, professionals and others interested in learning about Parent Anonymous. A twenty- hour training course is provided. Volunteers receive comprehensive training materials as well as an up-to-date Statewide Resource Manual. Through a call diverter, calls may be taken in one’s own home. Minimum length of commitment desired: one year. Support and supervision is always provided.
Parent support group facilitators are individuals with training or experience in a helping profession. The facilitator acts as role model and support person to the Parent Group Leader, a group member. Facilitators donate approximately four hours per week to meet with parents under stress and take occasional crisis calls or calls of inquiry. Training, supervision and on-going support provided. Minimum length of commitment desired: one year.
H.O.P.E.S. is a support group for individuals who have experienced the trauma of childhood abuse. Group members may or may not be parents. The H.O.P.E.S. facilitator should have experience working in the field of child sexual abuse. The facilitator gives approximately four hours per week to meet with the group and receive calls from potential members. Minimum length of commitment desired: one year.
Parents Anonymous accepts students from local colleges and universities to participate in the Student Internship Program. Students have the opportunity to experience the workings of a community-based agency and may work in their preferred area of the Parents Anonymous program. Not only do students reap the benefits of volunteerism, they receive valuable on-the-job training in a leading statewide child welfare agency.
Children’s Program Workers are individuals who have some experience or interest in working with children. The Children’s Program runs at the same time as the Parent Group and follows the same principles. Workers are trained in the Parents Anonymous® model and principles, developmentally appropriate practices and behavior management. All Children’s Program Workers receive on-going training and supervision. Child Care Volunteers assist the Children’s Program Worker or take care of children of Parents Anonymous group members while they meet at sites where there is no formal children’s program. Minimum length of commitment desired: one year.
Parents Anonymous® uses volunteers for office projects such as target mailings, conferences, trainings and general office work. No time commitment required.
The Board of Trustees of Parents Anonymous® of New Jersey, Inc. develops and plans policy and is fiscally responsible for oversight of the budget. Tasks include fundraising, promoting the organization and acting as an ambassador to the agency.