Providing children with the childhood they deserve.

Fort Worth, TX   |
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EIN: 23-7454254


Provide family members and professionals with resources, tools and services to build successful families.

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Principal Officer

Chris Butler

Main address

2928 West 5th Street

Fort Worth, TX 76107 USA

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Subject area info

Mental health care

Family services

Population served info

Children and youth





NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Family Services (P40)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Throughout the State of Texas in 2022, 182 children died from abuse and or neglect, another estimated 67,558 children (almost 8 every hour) experienced some form of maltreatment, and 56,944 cases of child abuse/neglect were confirmed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Of those state-wide confirmed cases of abuse and neglect, nearly 25% (14,192 total), occurred in the homes, backyards, and communities of our Tarrant and Dallas County neighbors. In addition to 8 deaths by suicide among youth and another 214,062 "unconfirmed" allegations of abuse, the lives of 457,024 Texas children and youth were severely impacted by abuse neglect, maltreatment, death and death by suicide over the span of 365 days; 457,024 of our children, in our communities, in 365 days. According to The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, child-abuse has an immediate and fundamental impact during ones childhood and has

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Life Education

The Family Life Education program is one of the key ways The Parenting Center maintains its mission to build successful families. We do this through offering more than 50 transformative topics and through a number of programs, including our Parenting Workshops, Family Transitions and Parenting Education Program in Schools.

Parenting Workshops – these workshops range from basic parenting skills to complex issues and span from birth through teen years. Workshops are offered at The Parenting Center, online and throughout the Metroplex.

Family Transitions – comprehensive and hands-on support for families raising children between homes or currently going through the transition. This support is offered to parents, blended families and other family members and include educational classes, consultations, mediation and co-parenting coaching.

Parenting Education Program in Schools – taught throughout high schools in our community, parenting experts educate students on healthy relationships.

Population(s) Served

We offer individual, family, and couples counseling.  Counseling ranges from general assistance to help for abused and neglected children.  For children between the ages of three and eight, the counselor may use play therapy as a way of helping a child address and resolve problems.  The Parenting Advice Line (PAL) is available as a free service to parents and caregivers who need answers to questions about caring for children.  Trained staff help callers develop a plan or share ideas to resolve concerns.  They may also make recommendations to other services which can provide additional tools to succeed.

Population(s) Served

This comprehensive program is designed to strengthen families through marriage skills training for couples.  They are also provided with case management services that include job skills, budget training, parenting education, and other services as needed.  When families are healthy and strong everyone benefits.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


2013 Best Practices Award 2013

Texas Association for Parenting Education

Best Place for Working Parents 2024

Working Parents

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Caregivers, Parents

Related Program

Family Life Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Unduplicated Family Life Education Program participants. The Parent Engagement Collaborative was sunset in 2021; hence why numbers are lower in 2022.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Clinical Counseling & Play Therapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Unduplicated participants, one of our contract therapists passed away and we had a transition with Clinical Director.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to provide family members and professionals with the tools, resources and services to build successful families. This is achieved through four main services, including Youth & Parent Education, Empowering Families Program and Clinical Counseling.

Through our life-changing work and strategically designed program offerings, we will continue to create pathways for our Fort Worth and Tarrant County neighbors to better navigate the stressors of life that if not given the appropriate attention, could lead to child abuse and other adverse childhood experiences. When fully engaged by clients, our efforts have the ability to enhance the welfare and safety of the children in the homes and communities we serve.

Our mission is to provide family members and professionals with the tools, resources and services to build successful families. This is achieved through the provision of carefully curated offerings and access to resources established within the following programs:

Family Life Education (FLE): Parenting education classes on more than 50 cutting-edge topics, ranging from basic parenting skills to complex issues and spanning birth through teenage years. FLE also includes self-paced online courses.

Parent Coaching: Parent Coaching program is a 10 week in-home or virtual program that creates pathways for parents to better connect with, correct and empower their children. Designed to help the family as a whole, Nest focuses on a family's strengths and identifies methods and goals to help them sustain and build upon those strengths for years to come.

Empowering Families Project: This is 6-8 week relationship-focused program to help couples learn to communicate, balance their strengths and increase teamwork. It is well known that when a couples relationship is strong, they are naturally better parents. This is a federally funded program and collaborative research study by the University of Texas at Austin.

Empowering Students Project: A relationship education based program funded by a READY4Life grant, serving Tarrant County teens in grades 9-12. Free to all participants, ESP provides a comprehensive trauma-informed, data-driven service to improve youth relationships skills, understanding of the value of marriage, and budgeting skills.

Future First: Federally funded program created to help teens make wise relationship and sexual choices. Wise choices will assist them in achieving their education, employment, relationship, and family goals, while poor choices may create barriers and adversely impact goal attainment.

Counseling Services: This program provides services for individual, family and group therapy, marriage counseling and play therapy for children as young as three years of age.

In 2024, we expect to serve 75 families across 600 sessions in our Parent Coaching Program. 90% of the parents and/or primary caregivers will show at least a 20% reduction in stress according to the Parental Stress Scale (PSS).
In 2024, we expect to serve 1050 families in our Family Life Education Program. 80% of participants will show a 20% or greater increase in their knowledge of family life skills.
In 2024, we expect to serve 400 families in our Clinical Counseling Program. 90% of clients will meet at least 75% of their personal goals. For clients exhibiting depression symptoms, a decrease by at least one level of severity (as measured by the PHQ-9)

Family Life Education

Through valid instruments, we continue to measure a growth in knowledge that our clients obtain by attending classes. We will continue to use these instruments, but also ask attendees longitudinal questions, to ensure there is a retention of knowledge that can be applied when parents are in potentially abusive situations

FLE measures the improvement in knowledge of positive parenting, relationship skills and child abuse prevention in adults and teens that increase protective factors. According to the CDC, Protective factors are efforts to improve child and adolescent health that typically address specific health risk behaviors. Studies suggest that greater health impact might be achieved by also enhancing protective factors that help children and adolescents avoid multiple behaviors that place them at risk for adverse health and educational outcomes.

By measuring the improvements in knowledge, understanding of parenting skills and raising the awareness of child abuse, FLE is also measuring improvement in protective factors. Increased protective factors lead to better environmental characteristics for children and families, thus reducing adverse childhood experiences. Pre and posttests and curriculum specific assessment inventories help FLE determine if clients have benefitted.

FLE measures the improvement of knowledge through pre and posttests that cover the following three areas.
Parental attitude that reflects appropriate expectations
Application of knowledge to case scenarios
Topic content

For Family Life Education, data is collected from pre and post tests and also the AAPI II for Nurturing Parenting Classes. While these are individual classes that can be taken multiple at a time, they can also be taken individually, for a topic of particular concern. Participants will take the curriculum-specific assessment. Each of these tests are scored by FLE staff and analyzed by the Program Director. The results are recorded in the appropriate database to determine the measure of success.

Parent Coaching uses three different assessments: The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ); The Parental Stress Scale (PSS); and The Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2). Each assessment is available in Spanish and English and will be conducted twice: wit

We are currently compiling final 2023 numbers, but in 2022, we saw a total of 3,170 clients through all our programs.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 2022 Audit 2021 2021 Audit 2019 A-133 Single Audit 2018 A-133 Single Audit 2017 A-133 Single Audit
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.23 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of THE PARENTING CENTER’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$246,125 $652,024 -$36,682 $833,616 -$94,976
As % of expenses -8.6% 26.6% -1.8% 31.2% -3.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$259,674 $636,313 -$73,485 $796,474 -$143,181
As % of expenses -9.1% 25.8% -3.5% 29.4% -4.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,999,050 $2,226,278 $2,002,376 $3,348,328 $3,180,586
Total revenue, % change over prior year 11.2% -25.8% -10.1% 67.2% -5.0%
Program services revenue 9.8% 12.0% 13.5% 7.2% 7.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.8% 1.0% 0.6% 0.5% 0.5%
Government grants 47.2% 54.7% 50.5% 80.9% 75.3%
All other grants and contributions 42.4% 31.8% 36.4% 10.9% 16.2%
Other revenue -0.2% 0.6% -1.0% 0.5% 0.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,854,072 $2,449,869 $2,076,820 $2,671,071 $3,094,464
Total expenses, % change over prior year 17.4% -14.2% -15.2% 28.6% 15.9%
Personnel 55.5% 60.5% 70.4% 61.9% 54.8%
Professional fees 29.3% 23.9% 20.1% 26.3% 27.1%
Occupancy 1.9% 1.9% 2.2% 1.8% 1.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 13.3% 13.7% 7.3% 10.1% 16.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,867,621 $2,465,580 $2,113,623 $2,708,213 $3,142,669
One month of savings $237,839 $204,156 $173,068 $222,589 $257,872
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $279,700 $0
Fixed asset additions $116,842 $685,795 $0 $42,739 $62,336
Total full costs (estimated) $3,222,302 $3,355,531 $2,286,691 $3,253,241 $3,462,877

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.3 3.2 4.9 3.8 3.2
Months of cash and investments 7.8 5.3 7.3 5.9 4.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.9 5.5 6.2 8.4 6.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,507,066 $651,398 $850,427 $839,185 $821,735
Investments $359,268 $424,998 $414,081 $474,682 $407,823
Receivables $570,462 $431,851 $409,714 $792,979 $810,176
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,664,467 $2,350,262 $2,366,987 $2,409,726 $2,472,062
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 85.6% 61.3% 62.4% 62.8% 63.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.6% 4.3% 13.9% 4.3% 3.4%
Unrestricted net assets $1,400,751 $2,037,064 $1,963,579 $2,760,053 $2,616,872
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,019,313 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $108,583 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,127,896 $293,044 $255,047 $129,739 $245,279
Total net assets $2,528,647 $2,330,108 $2,218,626 $2,889,792 $2,862,151

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Chris Butler

Chris Butler is President/CEO at The Parenting Center. Previously, he worked for the YMCA in both Fort Worth and Dallas. His Y career spanned over 30 years, serving as Vice President of Operations at YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth when he left and came to The Parenting Center. He completed his BS in Kinesiology from University of North Texas.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/16/2024
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Board chair

Mr Michael Shedd

Retired City of Fort Worth

Term: 2018 - 2026

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/16/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.


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