1. I live in [random US location]. Am I welcome to participate?
Yes, please call our hotline at 888-468-2620.
We have Changes members participating throughout the United States. Members can choose from four meetings per week, all of which are online. Information regarding our meeting days and times can be found here.
When you call our hotline, you will be connected with an experienced Changes parent who can help you determine if we're the right group for you.
2. Why would people I've never met before spend their time to help me for free? What is your religious affiliation?
We assist others in gratitude to those who walked this difficult road before us and helped each of us.
It is our hope that once Changes helps you transition your family situation from chaos to calm, that you will be sufficiently inspired to help others. This ethos of giving back freely to the community and supporting each other is how we have sustained ourselves as a non-profit resource for 27 years. We have no religious affiliations.
3. I'm raising my grandkids. Will you support me?
Yes, we welcome parents, grandparents and caregivers.
4. My child is non-binary. Will you support me?
5. My child is threatening me with physical injury right now. How can you help me?
If this is a mental health emergency, please dial 988 to speak to a mental health crisis counselor. If mental health is not a factor and you are in physical danger, dial 911.
Changes Parent Support Network is not a crisis hotline or a "quick fix" of any type. We will help you - over time - set and defend boundaries, stop enabling your child and employ proven tools that will reduce the level of conflict in your home.
6. My child is 8 years old and is already challenging me at every turn. Can Changes help?
Perhaps. The families we support have one or more acting-out children ranging in age from middle school to older adult children. Our program provides support and tools for parents to change their own behavior, not “fix” their child. We promote independence and natural consequences for our kids’ actions, which is usually not an appropriate approach for younger children.
Regardless of your child’s age, we will welcome you at Changes. But you may find that our members have less personal experience to draw upon and share if your child is in elementary school.
For parents of younger kids, there are paid and freemium (some aspects free, some charged) resources like
- Positive Parenting Solutions & Educational Resources | Love and Logic – Love and Logic Institute, Inc
- Facebook group Positive Parenting Support Network | Facebook
We have no relationship with these organizations, but their focus appears to be on younger kids and may be useful.
7. I bet you've never dealt with...
- Suicidal ideation
- Child living on the streets
- Drug abuse and overdoses
- "Failure to launch"
- Video game addiction
- Gang or criminal behavior
- School refusal
- Property Destruction
- Running away
- Claims of parental abuse
- Parental alienation by antagonistic ex-partner
Sadly, yes. Collectively we have seen all of these and worse. You can't shock us, and we won't judge.