“To improve the quality of life for children, including those with special needs, through family centered practices, and through services and information to all families and to the professionals who serve them.”
To empower families through education, skills and resources to become self-sufficient and sustain a higher quality of life for their children.
Parenting Network Inc. is part of the Tulare County Family Resource Center Network. For more information on TCFRCN click below:
At Parenting Network, we have a dedicated team who work hard to provide resources so that families can flourish and succeed.
Executive Director of Parenting Network, Mike Gibson, has been with the agency for 17 years and has helped families thrive and find the resources they need to be successful. He also provides his expertise at The Early Start Family Resource Center, which focuses on parent-to-parent support and referral services to families of children with special needs. He has transformed Parenting Network from a small Early Start FRC and expanded services to all families of Tulare County. The Early Start FRC has grown right along with all the other services now available. Early on Mr. Gibson saw that families of special needs children, are the same families that also were dealing with things like poverty, unemployment, addiction and abuse issues. By expanding services to include many HHSA, TCOE, VUSD, First 5 etc. funding of programs that address these issues, the Early Start program would be able to also take part in these essential programs. Mr. Gibson developed multiple countywide programs including the Respite Program, CPR First Aid, Parent Partners, and Project Fatherhood along with the Early Start FRC, and coming soon the Family Empowerment Center and the Navigator Program. Over the last 5 years under Mr. Gibson the agency has expanded with the Porterville Family Resource Center and Dinuba Family Resource Center.
Paul J. Prado, MSW
As Associate Director of Parenting Network, Paul is responsible in leading, supervising, collaborating, coordinating, and strategic planning of all programs and services within our Family Resource Centers (FRC’s) Paul is also responsible for directing the management team in the implementation of service delivery and programmatic goals.
Paul has been with Parenting Network for 7 years and in this capacity, he has served as a Case Manager, Parent Educator, Youth Group Facilitator, Project Fatherhood Facilitator, and Program Manager. Paul has been involved with social justice and environmental issues impacting the San Joaquin Valley. He helped adopt and develop our Project Fatherhood program, which helps to promote father involvement efforts county wide. He is a member of Tulare County Prevention Council and holds an Associate of Art in Social Behavioral Science – College of the Sequoias, Bachelor and Master of Social Work – California State University Fresno.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director/Associate Director, Emily provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for the Executive Director/Associate Director to enable and advance agency initiatives and goals. She also coordinates the Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (MAA) for the agency. Emily graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Associates Degree in Business Foundations.
Executive Program Manager
Christina Osorio has worked for Parenting Network for 13 years. As a Program Manager she supervises several different grant contracts through Tulare County Health & Human Services, First 5 of Tulare County, Visalia Unified School District and Tulare County Office of Education. She graduated from California State University of Fresno with bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Chicano Studies. Christina also received an additional bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Fresno Pacific University.
As the Financial Administrator, Lorena is responsible for supporting the financial operations of the organization, handling the accuracy of financial transactions, and helping to ensure fiscally sound practices and viability. She has 5 years’ experience as a Financial Administrator. Lorena graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Early Start Coordinator
As the Early Start Coordinator, Maria is key to the effective operation of the Early Start Program at Parenting Network. She has over 13 years’ experience in the case management, parent education and special needs field. Maria is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. As a mother of a child with special needs, she has a passion to empower parents to become advocates for their children.
Respite/CPR First Aid Coordinator
As the Respite and CPR First Aid Coordinator, Stephanie schedules and provides respite and CPR First Aid services to families in Tulare County. Stephanie has 8 years of case management, parent education, and respite experience. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Fresno (CSUF) in Child Development.
Teri Van Huss
Chief Financial Officer