Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Easter Baskets

Every year Parents by Choice creates Easter Baskets for their families. 
The baskets are filled with treats for all of the children in their home.

Creating the perfect Easter Basket for a family:

Easter Basket - The Dollar Tree has cute Easter Baskets
Easter Grass - Found at the Dollar Tree
Egg Dye Kit - Walmart $5.12
Easter Character Bubbles - Dollar Tree pack of 4
Easter Pencils - Dollar Tree pack of 12
Easter Erasers - Dollar Tree pack of 12
Side Walk Chalk - Dollar Tree pack of 20
And of course candy/snacks

$20-$30 basket for a family depending on your Egg Dye kit and Candy.

Teens in the home include:
Water Bottle - Dollar Tree
Sunglasses - Dollar Tree
Earbuds - Dollar Tree

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Thank you!

A huge thank you to the Quail Lakes Young Adult Ministry, Planet Beach Spa, Sierra Conservation Camp, Family Resource Center, BNI Stockton Founders, Stockton Community Council, Toys for Tots, Linda White & Friends, Danielle Zarevich, Ann McClintock, Eunice Oh, and many others for donating toys. We were able to provide about 100 gifts for children in foster care and about 100 gifts for families that have gone through our Positive Parenting Program.

Thank you to the Lodi Girl Scout Trip and Girl Scout Troop 1856 for hosting our Stocking Stuffer Drive. We were able to fill about 100 stockings for children in foster care.

Thank you to Sara Dowdy and her family for baking about 100 sugar cookies and making frosting for the children to decorate cookies and enjoy eating them.

Thank you to the Stagg Key Club for donating their time to help us during the party. They helped the smaller children decorate the cookies and much more.

There are so many people and organizations to thank this year, Thank you to every single person and organization that helped Parents by Choice provide around 200 gifts, 100 stockings, and 2 wonderful evenings for families to enjoy. We could not have done any of it without you.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thank You!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Inaugural Gala! We hope that you enjoyed the delicious food, the heartfelt stories, and the amazing raffle prizes. 

It was amazing to see a packed room, and feel supported by the community. We are looking forward to our next Gala to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Positive Parenting Classes Starting Soon!

When it comes to raising kids and teenagers, everyone has an opinion. So how do you know what works? The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program takes the guesswork out of parenting. It is one of the few parenting programs in the world with evidence to show it works for most families.

Triple P gives parents simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life. Problems like toddler tantrums.  Self-esteem issues. Bedtime battles. Disobedience. Aggression. Triple P can help you deal with them all - and more!

The Positive Parenting Program has helped hundreds of parents in San Joaquin County since 2012, and thousands of parents around the world over the past 30 years. In this program, small groups of 6-10 parents will meet each week for six weeks.  Free childcare is always provided, and parents will receive a workbook at no cost.  

Groups Starting Soon
In addition to our regular schedule of Positive Parenting groups, we have a Spanish group starting on Tuesday, 8/11and a Teen group starting on Tuesday, 8/18.  Click to register or for more information. We would love to have you join us!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Foster Parent Training

Foster parents are required to have a set number of training hours and topics each year. Once a month, Parents by Choice provides training, childcare, and dinner to help our parents fulfill that requirement. 

Our staff and volunteers provide lots of fun games and activities for the children to enjoy, while the parents are in training. There's a rock wall, video games, play dough, card games, board games, bingo, basketball, and much more! During the holiday, we provide costume contests for the kids to participate in as well as having the Fire Department come out and show off their trucks. 
The kids have a blast and can't wait until our next meeting. 

Recently, we started providing Teen Trainings to help the teenagers learn important life skills and scholarships/grants that are available for them. We hope to be able to enhance this into taking the teenagers on college tours and other fun activities. 

Our foster parents enjoy learning and revisiting topics like positive discipline, trauma informed care, gender diversity, and much more! 

To learn more about how you can volunteer, visit

Monday, July 13, 2015

Positive Parenting Program

Being a parent is hard work.  But help is available!  Through our “Positive Parenting Program,” Parents by Choice offers FREE parenting groups designed to reduce stress and improve the atmosphere of your home.  In this program, we offer small groups of 6-10 people who will meet each week for six weeks.  Through these groups, you will learn skills and techniques that you can put into practice right away!

Our groups are relaxed and casual, and will help you build on the skills and knowledge you already have.  You will receive a workbook and childcare at no cost.  We would love to have you join us...and you’ll be glad you did.
Parenting now comes with an instruction manual...

  • It all starts with a call (209) 478-4554.
  • Our groups are offered at locations all around San Joaquin County.  Contact us to find the best time and location for your family.
  • There is absolutely no cost to participate,
  • and groups are open to all families in San Joaquin County.
  • Childcare is provided at most groups.  Please contact us to verify this information.
  • Our approach is non-judgmental and supportive.  We are here to help you!
  • The information in the Positive Parenting Program has been used for more than
  • 30 years, with a variety of families, and has been proven to work.
  • You could see results at home in a matter of weeks!  Why not give the Positive Parenting Program a try

Here's what others are saying about our program:

“Our child has gotten better because I have been firm and my husband and I are on the same page.  Everything our facilitator told us to do helped us greatly.  I am thankful for being part of a great group and teacher.”

“Every meeting was coordinated in an orderly manner.  The staff was very friendly and always willing to answer my questions.  I would recommend Triple P to every parent desiring to improve their parenting skills or child’s behavior!"

"My 10 year-old son told me: 'Dad, you've changed a lot!  You are much calmer than before.  Can Mom take that class, too?'"

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Huge Thank You!

A huge thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who worked in our Fireworks booth this year! We could not have done it without you. Some days were in the 100s and other days we were worried it was going to rain, but we made it through. Thank you for all of your hard work and sweat.

Also thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets and/or fireworks from our booth. We enjoyed listening to your stories and how you planned to spend your Fourth. Our staff members loved seeing how excited the raffle prize winners were. Congratulations again to Ruben our first prize winner, Yon our second prize winner, and Robert our third prize winner.

All of the money that Parents by Choice received from the Fireworks Booth will go to our special events for children in foster care. Paintball, where we take our bravest souls out to play paintball. Girls Spa Day, where we treat our girls to make up, manicures, hairstyles, and much more!