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Parents of Adolescents and Teens

PEPS Program for parents of adolescents and teens

Adolescence, known as the transitional phase of growth and development between childhood and adulthood, is a time of great opportunity and risk, and vulnerability. Both parents and adolescents need empowering support, research-driven information and resources, and community during this period of newness and rapid changes.

After a two-year program development and capacity-building period, PEPS is excited to introduce a program to support parents of adolescents and teens as part of the permanent program offerings.

Learn more about the development of our program for parents of adolescents and teens (PAT) further below!

Program Details

Who attends: This virtual program is open to solo parents and caregivers, couples, and co-parents, with children aged 10 - 19 years living in our service region. Adult participants will attend without adolescents and teens in attendance. Up to 10 families will participate in each group.

All groups are currently being offered virtually. Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link, ID, and password upon registration confirmation through email. We recommend participants download Zoom for free in advance.

The PAT curriculum has been developed specifically for this program and community. Here is a sample of the discussion topics that will be offered:

  • Foundations of parenting adolescents
  • Adolescent brain development
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Effectively communicating with adolescents
  • Adolescents and substances
  • Identity development
  • Gender identity development
  • Sex and sexuality
  • The social world of adolescents
  • The online world of adolescents

And many more!

Cost*: We offer Flexible Pricing for all groups.

Length: 2 hours, once a week, for 9 consecutive weeks.

Groups will run for nine weeks in total, with 8 PEPS-facilitated meetings. There will be four weeks of facilitated sessions offered virtually, followed by a one-week break. In this fifth week, PAT participants who are comfortable gathering in person can coordinate a social meetup or meet per usual via zoom, without a facilitator. The group will then resume for the remaining four weeks online. 

Groups fill quickly — register today to secure your spot!

Register for a PAT Group

* Cost includes a non-refundable registration fee of $20 or 10% of the program fee, whichever is less. In the case of changes or cancellations, please visit our FAQs page for the PEPS Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Sistema Escolar USA LogoSpanish-speaking families: Additionally, we are partnering with Sistema Escolar USA to introduce virtual programs to support Spanish-speaking parents of adolescents and teens! The curriculum for this series has been translated and adapted, and meetings will be led by trained facilitators from Sistema Escolar. To participate in future sessions of this Spanish-language series, please contact Liliana Medina at

with Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative and City of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services logos

Mercer Island families: We are also partnering with Mercer Island Healthy Youth Initiative and City of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services to introduce a 6-week virtual program to support parents of adolescents and teens living on Mercer Island! The curriculum for this series has been translated and adapted, and meetings will be led by trained facilitators. Stay tuned for 2022 dates!

Our PAT Program

For many years, PEPS has heard from families there is a gap in peer-support services for parents and caregivers of adolescents and teens. This feedback is backed up by research. PEPS has supported thousands of new parents through their parenthood journey. We have been very excited to respond to this developing need by embracing the opportunity and responsibility to support families with adolescents and teens.

With generous grants from King County Best Starts for Kids and the Jolene McCaw Foundation, PEPS has been able to develop a program to support parents of adolescents and teens. We are so grateful for this extended financial support as it has allowed us to build capacity on our staff and gather insights to develop, pilot, and implement a new program to offer facilitated peer-support groups to support families in this parenting stage.

Program Development and Design

In January 2020, PEPS initiated program development with research and information gathering. Our organization collected data through focus groups across socio-economic and ethnic groups with parents, teens, pre-teens, and experts. We also conducted online surveys, interviews with community-based organizations serving parents of adolescents and teens, as well as a landscape analysis.

By the winter of 2021, work on the program design had begun. The formulation of curriculum and a blueprint for brand new discussion topics were developed, using resources from other evidence-based programs, along with guidance from professionals in family therapy and adolescent and teen mental health. Knowing that group facilitation might look different for this demographic, we modified and tailored the Group Leader training further.

Over nine months, PEPS offered 18 virtual pilot groups to more than 115 families in 2021. We continuously evaluated and adapted the program during this time based on the observations, feedback, and information collected from participants and Group Leaders.

Parents and caregivers of adolescents and teens will now be able to participate in a nine-week program virtually that includes time to share highs and lows and weekly conversations on more than 14 discussion topics. Each meeting will be led by a Group Leader with a background in adolescent development and psychology, trained in group facilitation.

PEPS strives to strengthen family relationships, reduce parental isolation, and improve the mental well-being and relationships between youth and parents through our unique program. Our vision includes providing a space that will support the needs of both parents and youth during this transitional time in a family’s life.

“…I found that learning alongside and making connections with other parents of teens is such a powerful way to increase my skills and confidence as a parent. Just knowing…that we all encounter challenges and can face them together…makes it easier to handle the challenges.”   — Pilot PAT Program participant


Check out our FAQs, call PEPS at (206) 547-8570, or email us at

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