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A thorough article from Nemours Foundation discussing assertiveness, as well as passive and aggressive communication styles.
Child Welfare Information Gateway: Nurturing and Attachment
The Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption. This section on nurturing and attachment contains relevant articles written for parents and mental health professionals.
Center for the Study of Social Policy: Strengthening Families
Strengthening Families is a research- informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social and emotional competence of children.
Article: The Neurobiology of Attachment to Nurturing and Abusive Caregivers.
A scholarly article by Regina M. Sullivan, Ph.D., discussing the way the brain changes in response to nurturing experiences or maltreatment.
Information about the 7C’s of resilience: competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control. Parents can use this information to raise authentically successful children. This invaluable website also offers coping strategies for facing life’s inevitable stresses.
Zero to Three: Free Parent Brochures and Guides
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
CASEL’s mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school. Through research, practice and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.
Articles on emotional intelligence, social intelligence and ecological intelligence, compiled and written by Daniel Goleman, the father of emotional intelligence study.
Get Help – Parenting
National Parent Helpline
Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.
Help and Hope
Run by the Texas Department of State Health Services, this website offers support to parents through tip sheets, links to resources, and information on identifying child abuse and neglect.
Collaborative for Children
This organization is dedicated to quality early childhood care and education. They offer referrals for childcare as well as resources for parents and caregivers, including parenting classes.
Escape Family Services: Learn To Parent
ESCAPE’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect before a child is hurt by providing intervention, education, and support programs to families in crisis. Learntoparent.org lists has resources related to parenting and local parenting classes in the Houston area.
Mental Health & Counseling
Scholastic.com: Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children
Dr. Bruce Perry discusses ways to nurture relationships with children who have suffered trauma.
NAMI: National Association of Mental Illness
NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
NAMI Helpline – for information and referrals. (800) 950-NAMI
Family Services of Greater Houston
“Whether you are a father confronting a difficult teenager, a mother coping with depression, a grandmother struggling with paper work or a family facing hard financial times with nowhere to turn – Family Services stands ready to help.” Family Services offers counseling and parenting classes, among other services.
Jewish Family Services
Counseling services available on a flexible fee schedule.
Mental Health America of Greater Houston
MHA Houston’s mission is to enhance the mental health of all Houstonians and improve the lives of those with mental illnesses. We accomplish this through collaborative education, outreach and advocacy.
Guide to non-profit mental health services in Greater Harris County
MHMRA of Harris County
“At MHMRA of Harris County, we know there is hope for you and those you love. We provide care and support through three service divisions: Mental Health, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, and Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Programs.”
Connecting Texans with the services they need. 211 includes referral information for over 60,000 state and local health and human services programs.