September 2, 2016


Treatment and Research Advocates (TARA)  is a  not-for-profit organization targeted to mothers of children with BPD. TARA's mission is to foster education and research in the field of Borderline Personality Disorder.

The site was founded in 1994 by Valerie Porr, MA who has a daughter afflicted with BPD. Porr has written a book for parents titled "Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change".

The TARA website is primarily a coordination center for workshops, lectures, webinars, and a telephone help line hosted by Valerie Porr.

When evaluating the site as an online resource (only), we can only say that TARA has 15 articles about BPD, the editorial content is very basic and not well written, and the website design is awkward.

This is primarily a coordinating site for live services provide in the New York City area and some national conferences.


  1. Valorie Poor's work is quirky not well produced. Her book is arduous to read, her workshops are sporadic, her website is disorganized and paltry, but her positive attitude is inspiring and contagious. There are some gems in all of this if you are willing to work to find them. Valarie's message is sound and heart is in the right place.

  2. This is a credible resource for face to face support in the New York area. Her book is "quirky", that's a good description, and it is helpful for parents of BPD children.