PA Family Support Alliance Offers New Tool to Help 'Parents in Recovery' Become and Stay Better Parents

Oct 25, 2010, 09:47 ET from Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) is offering a new publication—a 34-page parenting workbook called "Recovering Families"—which is designed to be used by parenting programs, drug and alcohol inpatient rehab facilities, outpatient counseling offices, and support groups that are working with parents who are recovering from chemical addiction.

"The stress and overwhelming demands of parenting can make parents in recovery vulnerable to relapse," said Beth Bitler, program director for PFSA. "It's a balancing act—avoiding a return to drug or alcohol use while parenting responsibly. This workbook presents a curriculum that programs and agencies can use to help those parents maintain that balance, to stay sober and on the job as good parents. If we can do that, we can help keep kids out of the child welfare system."

Bitler said traditional parenting programs focus on such things as stress management, alternatives to physical discipline, and child safety. The new workbook goes further by "incorporating the 12-step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous into the framework of good parenting skills."

Among the topics: talking with children about addiction and recovery, techniques for balancing recovery and parenting, developing healthy behaviors along with parenting skills, and working with the child welfare system.

"This approach is especially valuable for parents who didn't have role models for good parenting in their own lives," Bitler said.

"Recovering Families" will become available from PFSA in November. It costs $8.50 per copy plus shipping and can be ordered from the PFSA website at

PFSA works with affiliated member agencies across Pennsylvania to offer information, educational materials, and programs that teach and support good parenting practices.

PFSA also is the leading provider in Pennsylvania of training for mandated reporters on how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect. Mandated reporters are individuals who come into regular contact with children through their occupation, employment, or profession and are required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect.

For more information, visit the PFSA Web site at To report suspected child abuse or neglect call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance