Family Engagement

Parent Cafes



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The Parent Cafés process was developed by parent leaders from Strengthening Families Illinois in 2007. Cafés are hosted by parents for parents. Both Parent Cafés and Dad’s Cafés provide parents and caregivers a safe and welcoming space to connect and learn from each other. They are centered on the Strengthening Families™ Five Protective Factors:

  • Resilience: Parent Resilience;
  • Relationships: Positive Social Connections;
  • Support: Concrete Support in Times of Need;
  • Knowledge: Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development; and 
  • Communication: Social and Emotional Competence.

Click here to learn more about Be Strong Families and the Parent Café model.


With the Parent and Dad’s Cafés, we are working to:

  • Promote individual deep self-reflection;
  • Introduce parents to and educate them about the Five Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors that keep families strong;
  • Build the Five Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors in the course of the Café itself;
  • Enhance community and foster meaningful relationships among all those who are planning and participating in the Cafés;
  • Strengthen partnerships between parents and service providers;
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to practice positive communication skills; and
  • Provide a foundation for healing from trauma and increased well-being.

Taken from the Be Strong Families™ Parent Café Training Institute Participant’s Manual.

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We host monthly Parent Cafés and Dad’s Cafés that are open to all parents and caregivers. Check out our upcoming events here, or contact our staff directly to learn more.

Interested in hosting Parent Cafés? Contact Sanaria Sulaiman ( to learn more about the Parent Café Training Institute.


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Connect with other fathers and strengthen your family with the protective factors.

Parent's Café
Connect with other parents and caregivers to strengthen your family.

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