Parents of All Backgrounds Benefit from CCHS New Parenting Resource Center
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Section: People & Places in the News, June/July 2017

(from WMC-TV)

The Universal Parenting Place, or UPP, a new resource center that provides emotional support for parents of all backgrounds and counseling on any issue, is now open at Christ Community Health Services.

"A number of children are really hurting because of the lack of parenting and education," said Shantelle Leatherwood, Christ Community’s CEO. UPP is a place where parents can get proactive support for themselves the same way they would when they take their children to the doctor for a check-up.

"It's Universal Parenting Places that teach adults how to be good parents," said Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

Community leaders and a student choir were at the grand opening. The UPP vision is based on the work of Robin Karr-Morse, founder of "The Parenting Institute" in Portland, Ore.

She said although the surrounding community is experiencing high levels of health problems and violence, research and the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study reveal the best intervention is reaching families early.

UPP is a judgment-free zone where parents of all socio-economic backgrounds can receive professional counseling and information no matter how small the issue.

"The UPP centers are for all parents; there doesn't have to be something wrong," Morse said.

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