"Thank you for listening to me. I feel a weight has been lifted from my shoulders
just being able to talk about what is going on with my son."
~Parent on the Parent Stressline
"I really appreciate your being here. I know that I call the line a lot, but I don’t know what I would
do if there wasn’t someone for me to talk with when I feel this way. I just need a timeout, and an adult to
listen to me. It’s hard always being the one who has to deal with everything. It’s really hard being a single
~Parent on the Parent Stressline
The goal of the Parent Stressline is to reduce child abuse and neglect, as well
as the stress in families that can lead to child abuse and neglect. The Parent
Stressline is a 14-hour, 7-day a week listening service staffed by trained
parent advocates. It is available to parents and caretakers who are experiencing
stress or who just need someone to listen. Parent advocates strive to assist
callers with finding solutions to their problems, and make referrals, as needed,
to Canopy Center programs or other appropriate community services that are
equipped to meet the needs of the caller. Parent advocates are recruited from
the community and must complete an initial day and a half comprehensive
training, as well as on-going seminars, to continue the education needed to
serve callers on the line.
An essential service offered by the Parent Stressline is the promise of anonymity and confidentiality.
Callers are asked no questions that will provide the Canopy Center with identifying information about the caller.
With few places to go “just to talk” this practice offers a unique service to parents and caregivers in our
"Now my life is full. Back then, when I started your program, I never
thought my life could be like this. I had hoped and I had dreamed, but I never believed it could be like
this. Because of you, I value myself as a person."
~Teen in the Oasis Program
The Oasis Program offers group, individual and family therapy to people who have
been affected by incest and child sexual abuse. The Oasis program model strives
to increase the healthy functioning of families who participate in the program
therapy groups, and help children and non-offending parents or caregivers
incorporate the experience of the sexual abuse into their lives in a manner that
reduces the short-term and long-term effects, as well as the cycle, of sexual
abuse. The program helps non-offending parents and caregivers learn more
effective and protective strategies to better parent their child.
Oasis has groups of children and teens, ages 5-18, who have been sexually abused.
These children and teens meet with others their own age, and play therapy is
included in the children’s groups to help them learn, process their feelings and
have fun. Groups are also provided for non-offending parents and caregivers.
Groups meet weekly, offer support from peers, and are led by professional
therapists, to provide structure and guidance. Group participation can reduce
isolation and help in healing from the aftereffects of sexual abuse.
Therapy groups are offered in cycles, with four cycles per year of between 8 and 12 groups.
Staff therapists use team treatment coordination and are active in the development and maintenance of services in Dane County’s
child sexual abuse prevention and treatment network.
Families United Network
"I am less likely to hit and scream at my children. I use different discipline
techniques and they work. I learned a lot about how being raised can and will affect adulthood and raising my
own children. Keep on doing what you're doing – it works!"
Now Accepting New
~Parent in the Families United Network Program
The goal of the Families United Network is to help families be safe, strong,
stable and nurturing and to allow children and parents to grow to their full
potential. Using a guided self-help model, parent support groups are offered
weekly in which parents may discuss the current issues in their lives that are
or could potentially affect their parenting. Groups are available in English and
Spanish. As a member of the National Support Roundtable Circle of Parents, this
program follows a national model that has been shown to be an effective tool in
the reduction and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Most participants are
voluntary members of the program. These parents often come to this program due
to feelings of isolation, a desire to parent differently than they were
parented, mental health issues in themselves or their children, and/or they are
parenting a child with special needs. This program is offered free to
participants and, while open to all parents and their families, tends to serve
parents in poverty or on the margin. During the programming evenings, groups are
provided for the teens and adolescent children of support group participants.
Childcare is provided to children under 5 years old, and for all children during
daytime groups. The children/teen groups provide activity based programming that
is fun but also teaches basic skills, such as making and keeping friends,
appropriately displaying of emotion (anger), and, for the teens, decision-making
and basic age-appropriate life skills.