Parenting Alliance for Understanding, Support and Education (PAUSE)

Prevention programs for parents at risk of abuse or neglect


The PAUSE Program is a structured, 12-week parenting support program that uses pre-test/post-test design, group discussion and weekly homework assignments to help parents address potentially destructive beliefs and child-rearing practices. With consistent attendance and active participation, the program helps attendees self-assess these beliefs while giving them the opportunity to demonstrate progress, if requested by the courts.


Program Details

The best way and only true measure of parenting success is how it’s shown over time.

For this reason, the PAUSE Program is frequently used by the Courts, Children’s Division and other organizations to help parents reconnect with their children, while addressing any concerns related to their own parenting capacities.

Detailed intake and discharge assessment reports provide ample documentation of progress throughout the program.

Graduating successfully from the PAUSE Program is a significant commitment, and requires completion of several key criteria. To graduate the program, attendees must:

  • Attend 11 of the 12 sessions
  • Complete all homework assignments
  • Complete the Home Safety Checklist and ensure a professional has viewed the condition of the home
  • Complete the initial assessment and post-test portions of the program, and demonstrate measurable improvement in post-test scores

In addition to these graduation requirements, attendance and participation requirements must also be met. Attendees must complete the program in no more than 120 days and no-call/no-show behavior results in termination from the program.

There is no waiting list for the PAUSE Program. Though we allow no more than 10 attendees in each group, we offer PAUSE groups on multiple dates and locations, with both day and evening start times. And there are no worries about waiting to start in “week one.” In the PAUSE Program, there is no “week one” of curriculum. The program is ongoing, and in one group there could be newcomers, attendees midway through the program, and attendees on the verge of graduating.



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