How local parents in need can get help before problems arise

Local program aims to help parents in need

Inside Baptist Memorial Hospital, experts offer a program you may not have heard about before. It's called Universal Parenting Places.

The program aims to be a judgment free zone where parents can receive professional counseling, information and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how big or small.

Paige Marcantel is in charge of the program, and she told FOX13 it's all about the betterment of our community.

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“For the strength and health of our community and our future,” Marcantel said when discussing the goals of the program. “Helping parents now, when they need, it is critical.”

Several children have died at the hands of abuse so far this year. The most recent tragedy was Thursday, where a four-year-old girl died after being abused.

Marcantel told FOX13 it's important for everyone to know there is help available, and you can get it before an aggressive incident becomes a reality.

“We want them to know that we're here to help them when they're struggling,” Marcantel said. “When they're having questions about their child's development, when may need to vent and need someone to talk to; because raising kids is an incredibly hard job.”

Specifically, the program offers individual counseling for parents and couples counseling for parents. They also provide a variety of support groups and activities that both parents and children can attend, which promotes healthy attachment.

And finally, Universal Parenting Places provides classes to teach parents how to take care of their newborn babies.

“We provide all of those services at no cost to families,” Marcantel said.

In the end, Marcantel told FOX13 all a parent needs to do is reach out.

“We want to be able to be that conduit to help you get where you want to be,” Marcantel said.

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