Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 2.07.16 PMOn April 16, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr., Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, international speaker and author Robin Karr-Morse and a host of community leaders, advocates, and families dedicated two Universal Parenting Places (UPPs), judgment-free zones where parents can receive professional counseling, information, and emotional support for family-related issues.

The sites, at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Knowledge Quest, officially open to the public on Monday, April 20. The centers welcome all families at no cost.

The dedication ceremony of both UPP locations included site tours and performances from Memphis’ creative community, illustrating a few of the nontraditional and diverse support programs the centers will offer.

The opening of the Shelby County’s first two UPP locations is made possible through the founding partnership of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, Knowledge Quest and administrative agent, Porter-Leath. The UPP vision is based on the writings and speeches of Karr-Morse, whose Oregon-based “Parenting Institute” provides the founding vision and staff training components for the UPP project. Learn more at


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