The recent indictment of an NFL player on child abuse charges brings the issue of child discipline to the forefront of public dialogue. As Maryland’s leading nonprofit dedicated to preventing child abuse, The Family Tree knows that it is important for parents, caregivers, and the community to understand that effective methods of discipline do exist, without using physical punishment. It is also important for the public to know that abuse can harm a child now and for years to come.
There are, however, resources in the community – like those offered by The Family Tree – that are dedicated to helping parents navigate the sometimes difficult and challenging roads of parenthood. At The Family Tree, we offer parenting classes, family education programs, parent support groups, home visitation programs, and a 24/7 helpline. All of these services help parents learn effective discipline, communication, problem solving, anger management, and stress reduction strategies. Maryland is home to many diverse cultures that bring a variety of practices to child rearing. Knowing what is best for a child is typically left to a parent. But parents need to know disciplinary options that are age appropriate, contribute to holding the child accountable for their behaviors, and promote a healthy parent-child relationship.
If you are outraged when you hear about a child being physically abused or neglected, please visit our website at www.familytreemd.org to learn about what you can do by reporting any suspected abuse you see, volunteering, donating, or becoming an advocate for the prevention of child abuse in your community. Working together, we can build safer and stronger families. The Family Tree stands ready to help any individual, organization or community.
If you know of anyone who needs help or support, please have them call us at 410-889-2300 or our Parenting Helpline at 1-800-243-7337. The Family Tree is Maryland’s leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. Serving 12,000 parents and children per year, The Family Tree provides parenting education and support programs, home visiting services, community education & outreach, and operates a 24/7 Parenting Helpline: 1-800-243-7337.
Harris Jones & Malone is proud to represent The Family Tree and to stand behind their work in the community. Call Harris Jones & Malone today for more information at 410-366-1500, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.