Founder's Welcome

There are thousands of mothers and fathers of young children in New York City that are in need of free, easy to access emotional and social support. This fulfilling and enriching support can make a difference in the lives of parents who:


  • Are overwhelmed and facing unexpected challenges of parenting 

  • Have little or no support from their community, family and friends

  • Are unable to cope with the additional responsibilities of parenthood

  • Are experiencing loneliness, isolation, insecurity, stress and fear as a new parent


To combat these issues and better serve clients, Guiding Parents will offer free, convenient parenting support starting the end of January 2015. Connections between parents will be one-to-one and matches will be made carefully so the support is personalized. Guiding Parents will facilitate the match and follow-up process to ensure the relationship is comfortable and productive. 


Parents seeking support will be matched with reliable, trained volunteer Support Parents who will listen, understand them and provide problem-solving support such as:

  • Information about community resources (i.e.: childcare, housing, job training, etc.) and referrals to other organizations and agencies

  • Tips on improving well-being and work/life/family balance 

  • Practical parenting advice and solutions to common parenting issues 


Program activities will encourage emotional well-being, personal growth and family balance by providing a strong support network and enriching events for New York City parents.


Our volunteers have older children and therefore are like a window into the future. They help new parents anticipate upcoming events and be optimistic about them


You can also get involved in Guiding Parents initiatives by signing up to become a Volunteer or Board Officer. Send questions to Michelle Francis. And as always, we appreciate the ongoing support from our donors and sponsors. Thank you. 


Come join us. 

Happy New Year!

Michelle A. Francis

Guiding Parents, Inc.

Our Philosophy

Guiding Parents, Inc. is dedicated to supporting and empowering mothers, fathers and legal guardians of babies and toddlers in New York City. Our primary goal is to address unexpected challenges of parenting through one-to-one support and informative events.

Fast Facts

Guiding Parents, Inc.:


  • Started in New York City in January 2014

  • Begins serving clients in February 2015

  • Is a volunteer-based non-profit organization

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Guiding Parents, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity.