Parenting Groups

Our Families Forward Parenting Groups are designed for parents whose children are currently placed in foster care who would benefit from increased visitation time. We provide a safe, family-friendly space where children and their parents can come together for quality family time, led by our skilled Group Facilitators.

Families Forward groups begin with an hour of individualized curriculum-based parent training with peer support. Once the children arrive, supervised visitation takes place and includes modeling, coaching and observation of interactions. We work with parents and caseworkers after the visit to debrief with specific parenting strategies, set goals and assess progress.

Each Families Forward group meets two to three times a week over the course of a several months. Transportation is provided by Family SkillBuilders staff for children who cannot be transported by foster parents.

We offer parenting groups in Multnomah County for:

  • Parents and children birth to five years old
  • Parents with cognitive limitations and their children

Please visit our Meet Our Team pages to meet our Parenting Group Team.

For more information about Families Forward, please call our Intake Department at (503) 442-2296 or click the button below to send us an email.

I thought it was normal for children to be out of control. Family SkillBuilders helped me realize my responsibility to protect my children and learn to take a more active role - now I enjoy my children more.


I feel respected in this group, and I don't get that a lot.

Families Forward Parent Participant

Mom reported that last week was the BEST visit she has ever had, so much laughter and family time. She was able to stretch herself to spend time with all four children ages 6-14.

DHS Child Welfare Caseworker

I like getting two hours with my son, and the hands-on help is pretty cool.

Families Forward Parent Participant