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Parent/Guardian Resources

As a parent, you are the most important person in your child's life. As your child's high school counselor, I want to collaborate with you to help your child achieve success in high school and beyond! Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss any concerns or questions that you may have. The best way to reach me is by email: lorraine_casanova@iu13.org.

Here are some websites you may find helpful:

The Role of the School CounselorAn explanation of what a high school counselor does as part of the student's team.

40 Developmental Assets for Youth - Building blocks to healthy development of youth, as identified by the Search Institute.

What is Digital Literacy? - By addressing questions about digital literacy by age group, this resource from CommonSenseMedia.org  helps identify ways that you can help your child use the internet in a safe and appropriate way. 

Top 10 Ways Families Can Encourage Girls' Interest In Computing : This article from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), will help you learn how you can encourage the girls in your life to explore, study, and have a career in computer science (CS) and related technology fields

This Online Safety Parent Toolkit is a "7-step framework that guides parents through online safety conversations with their child", focusing on the steps of understanding, learning, exploring, agreeing, teaching, modeling, and planning. 

About Childhood GriefThe National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them.

What Parents Should Know About Bullying, from Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center. The Center provides free bullying prevention resources to unite K-12 students, their families, educators and the community in creating a world without bullying.

Today Parenting Guide A comprehensive site that provides benchmarks and tips for your child's academic, physical and social emotional growth. from preK to high school.

Partnership to End AddictionA source of free and confidential support for parents concerned about addiction or families struggling with the addiction of a loved one. The Partnership offers trained helpline specialists with lived experience, parent coaching, and peer support for anyone playing a supportive role in the life of a young person struggling with substance use. 

Office of Student AidA resource and website absolutely FULL of pages to help you learn how to plan for college, learn about financial aid, and navigate the application process. 

 Youth Rules - Preparing the 21st Century Workforce Everything you need to know about child labor laws and other issues related to the employment of teens. 

The PA Parent & Family Alliance is now providing family support for parents and caregivers of children and youth with suspected mental health or substance use challenges through their Family Support Parnters (FSP) program. FSP's are parents and caregivers with lived experience who are trained to assist other families by providing support, identifying resources, and facilitating access to services.  

Understood.org provides programs and resources for Families, Educators, and Young Adults that focus on empowering people who learn and think differently and those who support them. They offer customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community.

How To Help Your Teen With Mental Health from Drugrehab.com offers resources and information to help parents help their children who are dealing with mental health concerns. Substance Abuse & Suicide: A Guide To Understanding the Connection and Reducing the Risk is an important source of information for parents concerned with their child's possible substance abuse, and the risks to mental health. This is NOT an endorsement of  Drugrehab.com, nor any entity accessed through links on the page!

"Alcohol Help" website: Information about the prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorder. **Disclaimer: AlcoholHelp is  a referral service that provides information about addiction treatment practitioners and facilities. Alcohol Help is not a medical provider or treatment facility and does not provide medical advice.** This is NOT an endorsement of the referral service, nor any entity access through links on the page! 

The Cerebral Palsy Guide is a national organization dedicated to supporting anyone who has been affected by birth injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities. The site provides information about CP and treatment, offers assistance in finding financial help to cover the extra costs that come with raising a child with CP, and can help you find doctors and therapists in your area that are ready to help your child live a life full of happiness.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mainline PA, has compiled a wealth of resources for helping children and teens (and their families) with mental health or behavioral challenges in Southeastern PA. 

If you are seeking resources for any topic not listed here, please reach out to me and I will help you find them!