Faith Parent is our School Liaison since February of 2021, but has been with the Family Center since August 2020. Part of her role is to be the bridge between schools, students/families, and community partners/state agencies located throughout Plymouth County. Faith is also involved with the Handle With Care program, DEC, and TLPI. As the school Liaison, Faith offers a monthly zoom session for educators on a variety of topics presented by providers in Plymouth County.
Faith was always captivated by the research on ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the impact they have on children. She found the importance of educating providers and educators on ACE’s truly passionate. With her own lived experience with her children’s social emotional needs and the need for schools to be supported, along with her deep respect for educators – her path led her to the Family Center. Faith’s favorite part about her position is making meaningful connections with school faculty, partnering with great programs that offer education and resources, and hearing what the children and families need to feel supported, as well as helping them to receive it.
Faith feels she has truly made a difference in receiving her education, allowing her to help her immediate and extended family understand mental health, in that it is not something to be ashamed of and that understanding someone’s mental health needs are not who they are, rather an explanation on how they receive information and behave. If Faith could do one thing to make a big, positive change to the world, she would own and operate a trauma sensitive farm that offers support and is a place for our veterans and children to connect and heal through nature.
Faith is a single mother of two amazing daughters. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors’ of Science in Social Work from Bridgewater State University in May of 2020. She has been an advocate for her daughters when navigating the education system, addressing their social emotional and mental health needs. She has over 20 years of experience as a paraprofessional and nanny. Since her childhood she has been a believer in accepting individuals as they are, being a friend to all, and most of all intrigued by human behavior. In her spare time, Faith loves spending time with her daughters in nature whether hiking, exploring state parks, or just walking the beach collecting seashells. She enjoys photography and decorating spaces with recycled and repurposed items. From an early age reading has been an escape for her, as she loves sitting down with a great book and losing herself in the story.
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou