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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

Supported Parenting Project

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The Sherlock Center's Supported Parenting program develops long-term relationships with parents and builds on a family's strengths to promote competence and sustain independence. The model is based on:
  • Engaging parents as active partners in service planning and as equals in choices and decisions affecting their family.
  • Respecting families and the strong emotional bond between parents and children.
  • Viewing parents as a resource and part of the solution.
  • Working with the family as a whole rather than as individual members.
  • Helping parents to feel in control and experience competency.
  • Supporting families in the context of their own extended families, neighborhoods, and communities.
Family Support Specialist
Central to the Sherlock Center's Supported Parenting Program is the work with a Family Support Specialist. Through regular meetings, the Family Support Specialist assists parents and families to:
  • Develop a service plan in coordination with any other plans to identify strategies to achieve their goals.
  • Develop a network of long-term natural supports.
  • Identify and connect with community resources and more formalized services as needed.
Family Support Specialists provide guidance and coaching in the following areas:
  • Conflict resolution and family relationships
  • Developing and maintaining a social support network
  • Low literacy challenges
  • Children's medical and educational supports
  • Housing and household management
  • Financial management
  • Transportation and related resources
  • Employment and related resources
  • Basic parenting skills
Family Support Specialists

Mitzie Johnson
Family Support Coordinator
Email: mjohnson@ric.edu
Direct Line: 401-456-2817


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Referral Forms

These forms are only applicable to FCCPs and EI Providers in contract with the Sherlock Center. If you are not an approved agency and would like to make a referral, please contact a Family Support Specialist.

FCCP Referral Form 538 kb MS word logo image
Approved FCCPs:
Community Care Alliance

Early Intervention Provider Referral Form 548 kb MS word logo image
Early Intervention Provider Referral Guidance 61 kb MS word logo image
Approved EI Providers:
Community Care Alliance
Family Services of RI
Meeting Street
Seven Hills RI

Technical Assistance

Family Support Specialists are available to provide technical assistance and offer professional development workshops to agencies supporting parents with cognitive challenges. Fees may apply. Contact a Family Support Specialist for more information.

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