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Parents Inc. honors those who ‘speak up, take action, create change’

Parents Inc. of New Jersey will host its annual parent leadership recognition event online 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Designed to honor parent leaders and promote family success, this year’s program is themed “Speak Up, Take Action, Create Change.” Attendance is free and open to the public.

Parents Inc. will present New Jersey’s first lady Tammy Murphy with its 2022 “Parent Champion” award for championing the cause of mothers and infants. Her initiative, Nurture NJ, is a statewide, multi-agency campaign committed to reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity and ensuring equitable care among women and children of all races and ethnicities.

In January 2021, the first lady unveiled the Nurture NJ Maternal and Infant Health Strategic Plan, which advances more than 70 recommendations o make New Jersey the “safest and most equitable place in the nation to deliver and raise a baby.”

Parents Inc.’s 2022 Jolly K. Award will be presented to two New Jersey honorees for “demonstrating strong parent leadership as modeled by Jolly K., the founding parent of Parents Anonymous.” Nominated by community members, these Parents Inc. support group members were selected for the award based on their contributions to support the principles of Parents Anonymous: parent leadership, mutual support, shared leadership and personal growth.

“Each year, we hold this event to honor parent leaders and encourage others to raise their voices to promote success for parents and their families,” said Parents Inc. executive director Kathleen Roe, who is also a Family Success Institute board member. “Building successful families and communities can best be achieved when professionals, policymakers and concerned citizens work in partnership with parents to improve systems, neighborhoods, and policies. That’s what Parents Inc. is all about.”

The event will kick off with opening remarks by Roe, Parents Inc. assistant director Doreen Finley and Family Success Institute board president Thomas Blatner, followed by a “Speak Up” panel of parents from around the state discussing the importance of parent as leaders in their homes and in their communities.

To register for the event, visit



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