The Parenting Place has a history of providing child abuse-prevention services to families in Missoula and Missoula County since 1981.
It is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen families and thus prevent child abuse and neglect. The goals are to help families develop healthy parent-child relationships, to improve the futures of children and ensure healthy families.
The Parenting Place serves children in families where there is risk of abuse and neglect. Predominantly, these families are also very low income.
Criteria used to assess families at risk include the following: parents have a childhood history of abuse and neglect, families lack support systems, families are experiencing life crises, parents are not aware of nurturing child-rearing practices, families are socially isolated.
The target audience is at-risk families; however, the Parenting Place's services are open to all parents and children in need of support and education.
The Parenting Place could us gift cards for grocery stores that can be handed out to clients for the holidays.
Also, family with three children ages 4, 5 and 16 need a washer and dryer, a couple of dressers and a futon bed frame.
If you can help, drop off donations at 1644 S. Eighth St. W., or call 728-5437.