Parents Care and Share (PCS)
Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Parents Care and Share (PCS) is a network of self-help parental groups that provide peer to peer leadership and support so that parents and caregivers can, over time, gain self-esteem, overcome isolation and improve their parenting skills by exchanging support and positive parenting suggestions. The Parents Care and Share network is supported by a team of Regional Coordinators that work with local providers to establish groups, train facilitators and support group operations.


Parenting adults, (e.g., natural, adoptive, foster or grandparent) interested in improving parenting skills and reducing parental stress and isolation.


Prevention of child abuse and neglect


  • Provide resource materials and consultation on group development to local entities interested in mutual self-help parent support groups
  • Public education through public service announcements, community seminars, etc.
  • Training, consultation, technical assistance and policy information to local groups in the areas of

Delivery Method

Weekly and bi-weekly parent support groups

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $100 $100 $100 $100
Number of Grantees 1 1 1 1
Number Served 1274* 467 510 412

*Data for FY 2004 -2006 included all families who were served in Parents Care and Share groups without the distinction of DHS and non DHS funding. Data solely on DHS funded activities not available.

Program Effectiveness

  • 74% reported improvement in family management skills
  • 79% acquired or strengthened their parenting skills
  • A Parent Leader facilitated an average of 65% of the parent-support groups in FY 2009; this was an increase of 23% over the FY 2008 average.
  • Nearly 150 referrals were made for support services, such as Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Education and Career Development.
  • 80% of Parents Care and Share parent support groups had companion children's groups
  • Nearly 1300 volunteer hours were invested by Parent Leaders, Group Facilitators, Children's Program Specialists and Guest Speakers.