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Last updated 3/4/2020 at 4:14pm

We have a new parenting program that is already up and running in our community. It is called Circle of Security and it is for parents/caregivers of children ages 0 to 12 years old. Sheila Mooney and Nikki Parker are the facilitators.

Thank you to Nikki Parker for providing us with the following report and accompanying photographs: Circle of Security is based on “decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.” It is a map to help parents make sense of what their child needs and asks from them. The parent uses their own reflection and intuition, as they know their child better than anyone else. Circle of Security groups develop a strong connection of support in an open, learning environment with a maximum of 10 participants.

Using the COSP model developed by the Circle of Security originators, trained facilitators work with caregivers to help them to, “Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs, support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions, enhance the development of their child’s self-esteem, and honor the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure.” These are the learning objectives of Circle of Security.

A group is currently underway through a grant from Resources for Resilience and a local collaboration with Rise & Shine at Bethel “A” Baptist Church and The Family Place of Transylvania County. We are so thankful to the folks who have provided lunch for the group: Bethel “A” Baptist Church, NAACP, Cove Church, Pisgah Forest Baptist Church, Gerald and Ellen Leopard, Mark and Heather Merritt, and First United Methodist Church.

Mooney and Parker are facilitating COSP with seven caregivers in attendance. Here is what some of the caregivers have to say:

•“Highly recommended. Lots of good info and company.”

•“I have really enjoyed this group of women and hearing everyone’s different perspective on handling parenting.”

•“I have been attending the Circle of Security meetings for parents and have learned a lot about my own experiences in childcare, and by putting these experiences together with being a grandparent, I enjoy sharing with my children about how they may use these learning experiences with their children.”

•“Circle of Security has revolutionized my thinking about parenting. It has taught me to be more aware of my children’s needs throughout the day. I am now more in tune with their rhythms and my own and have tools to help me better support their needs on the circle as they go out to explore and come back in for comfort and support. This class has been like one big breath of fresh air for our family. We have all benefited from the wisdom gained. I could easily take the class again and again. It’s so applicable for both moms and dads, as well as grandparents, teachers, childcare workers, etc.”

•“I have gained an awareness of how to better support and delight in my children. This class has given me so much insight into how to respond to, deal with and accept my children’s emotions and needs. Any parent or caregiver would benefit greatly from this class. The tools presented to help build security and emotional stability in our children are invaluable.”

We are excited to offer two additional cohorts this spring and summer. As we expand funding for this model, we will offer more groups. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Parker at or call 883-4857 or contact Sheila Mooney at

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