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Mission and History



To provide family members and professionals with the tools, resources and services to build successful families.


In 1974, The Junior League of Fort Worth formed the Tarrant County Child Abuse Task Force in response to the growing problem of child abuse and neglect in our community. This group surveyed local social service agencies and determined there was a great need for preventive services for parents and caregivers.
The call to action was answered with funding from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, the Junior League of Fort Worth, and a state contract. The Parenting Guidance Center, as it was then called, became a reality in 1975 and has continued to provide services to parents, caregivers, children, families and people in need. Since that time, the agency’s purpose has been to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting positive parenting and to serve as a resource center when abuse does occur.
In 1980, The Parenting Center became a partner agency of the United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County. Several other social service agencies have collaborated with us on projects that benefit the community and use resources in an efficient manner.
Our organization was built on the core belief that empowering families with the necessary knowledge and skills can lead them to develop and maintain healthy lives.  The Parenting Center dedicates itself to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and is a leader in the field of parenting education and skills based training.  We work from within the community, providing individuals, families, schools and others with the tools they need to succeed together. Our goal is to surround children with the type of support we all want to have. We do this because we believe strong families are the center of a strong community.


The Parenting Center serves 14,000 to 18,000 clients each year, from all income levels and social groups, across Tarrant County and the surrounding area.  Some of the services we provide include:

Empowering Families
Family Transitions (A Co-Parenting Program)
Nest Program
Parenting and Family Life Education
The Parenting Advice Line
Parenting Education Program in Schools