Parent Cafés are structured, supportive group conversations led by peer hosts who facilitate emotionally safe spaces for parents and caregivers to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting. They are free and open to the public. Childcare is provided.
The Parent Café Support Network is an initiative of the Kane County System of Care (KCSOC). The KCSOC Implementation Team identified the need for more support for parents and caregivers who are dealing stress but not accessing formal mental health services. In September, 2021, KCSOC trained 20 parents and staff in the Be Strong Parent Café Virtual Model. In January, 2022, KCSOC launched the Parent Café Support Network in which the trained hosts, who are parent leaders and social service providers, organize community cafes that bring parents and providers together.
Parent Cafés promote self-reflection, peer-to-peer learning, the development of new parenting and life strategies, and the courage and motivation to try new things.
We invite you to join us at an upcoming event.
“It was good to hear that other parents were going through exactly what I'm going through with my little ones, and gave me hope that I am handling it well.” “I've learned so much from hosting parent cafes. I'm making a lot of changes in my own family and my children have noticed. I'm more flexible and am listening more. We're all getting along better. I'm so thankful for this experience and love sharing it with other parents and helping my community.”
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