Mission Statement
home1Mission of The Association for Successful Parenting: Enhancing the lives of families when parents have learning difficulties. “We are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of at-risk parents with learning difficulties and their children.  This primarily includes parents who may be identified as persons with intellectual disabilities or borderline intellectual functioning” We know that:
  • Family life is complex
  • All families need support and rely on interdependent networks
  • Separation from parents is sometimes in the best interest of children, but only when reasonable efforts and appropriate services cannot ensure a child’s safety and health
  • Termination of the parental relationship is an extreme measure that should not be based upon a parent’s disability alone
  • Our expertise and resources may also benefit parents with other cognitive challenges and the people who support them
Key Roles:
  • Facilitate community partnerships and networking
  • Offer educational/training opportunities
  • Advocate for ongoing system change to achieve social justice
  • Partner with self-advocates
  • Promote evidence-based parenting skills assessment
  • Develop and endorse evidence based curricula for training
  • Honor family autonomy, self determination and parents strengths
  • Encourage natural supports, community acceptance and inclusion
  • Develop individualized supports that utilize evidence-based practices
  • Consult with partners in child welfare, early intervention, education, health care, disability services, family law and family support
  • Work within interdisciplinary teams to individualize services
  • Establish and raise quality standards in assessment, training, services and research
  • Promote and conduct research


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