A Trusted Ally
Parent Mentors provide support for parents involved in the child protection system by helping them navigate their way through a challenging process. We have firsthand experience with the Child Protection System and want to help other parents have a better experience, a positive outcome, and someone to trust and rely on every step of the way.
The goal is to support parents through reunification or the best possible outcome with their children. We’re a free service and a neutral party established to provide support to you.
PRACTICAL & EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Navigating the Process: We inform you on what to expect and attend court dates and meetings with you.
Navigating Your Case Plan: We make sure you have a voice.
Connecting You With Resources: We help you access community services.
Coaching On Parenting Strategies: We share tips and insights on how to protect your child’s well-being.
Offering an Empathetic Ear: We listen, support, plan, and problem solve with you.
In addition to aiding parents through the legal process, Parent Mentors help families establish healthy environments for their children by using protective factors:
Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
Concrete supports for parents and
Social and emotional competence of children.
Chief Executive Officer
cEO of Minnesota One-Stop for Communities
Through her own experience over ten years ago, Larene began her career out of wanting the voices of parents in the child welfare system to be heard.
Larene joined the Parent Leadership Team with Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota in 2009. This team was created to bring parents voices to the table through the shared collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota.
As a result of being on the Parent Leadership Team, Larene was invited to sit on the advisory council for William Mitchell College of Law Child Protection Clinic. While on that advisory council, Larene brought the idea of parents helping parents navigate the child welfare system. With support from William Mitchell, Larene created the Parent Mentor Program.
Since 2012, the Parent Mentor Program has become a trusted ally to parents across seven-counties and growing. Her organization provides non-traditional methods of supportive services to parents in crisis. Her leadership team, known as the Parent Mentors, think outside the box creating options with boldness while de-escalating crisis as a different approach. Parent Mentors are everyday people and parents appreciate the fact that parents look like them and can relates to the trials from their life’s experiences.