California State University, Northridge received a grant of nearly $1.18 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop an online social network aimed at parents who are at risk of mistreating their children.

The grant was awarded to Susan Love, a professor in the school’s Department of Social Work, who developed the online community that would engage parents who are struggling with their roles as parents. The community is based on the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program. Triple P views the development of a parent’s capacity for self-regulation as central to successful parenting—teaching parents the skills that enable them to become independent problem solvers.

“Our objective is to reduce risky family environments by improving parenting practices. The outcome of that is healthy child development and families that provide a positive environment for their children,” Love said in a statement.

The online community would be readily available for those parents who do not have the means or the time to visit parenting support facilities.

Judy Temes