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Parents Acquiring Skills and Strength (PASS)

Home of the Innocents implemented the PASS (Parents Acquiring Skills and Strength) program in 2005. The PASS program uses a "Nurturing Parenting Programs" curriculum to offer long Parent Education, Self-Help, and Support Groups for at-risk parents involved with the Department for Community Based Services (also known as Child Protective Services) and their children. The goal of the program is to prevent incidences of child abuse and neglect.

The foundation of the PASS program is that parenting is learned. The way parents raise their children is directly influenced by the way they were raised. Some families get along well because their parents had positive learning experiences as children. The preparation other parents had as children was to some degree abusive or neglectful, resulting in physically and emotionally abusive interactions between parents and their children. 

Last year, the Home offered fifteen cycles of PASS classes in Kentucky and served 282 new participants, representing 170 new families, and had 148 participants successfully complete an entire 12-week cycle of PASS classes. The Home has already helped 34 parents with its Indiana PASS classes since January. 88% of these parents showed progress in 4 or more of the 5 parenting skill areas assessed, and 80% scored within normal parenting scores in all 5 areas assessed.

The Home is very pleased by the increasing growth, attendance, participation, and success of the program.


Please contact our Referral/Intake Coordinator at 502-596-1303 for additional information or to reserve your spot.


Become a Foster Parent
Foster parenting classes will be starting soon.  For more information or to enroll in the class, please call 502.596.1313.

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