Parenting is an awesome responsibility and a tremendous privilege. Most parents work hard to give their children the best opportunities and ensure they feel safe and loved.
But parenting can be a tough job, even under the best of circumstances. Tension and conflict often increase when parents encounter stressful circumstances, such as raising children alone, facing unemployment or homelessness, or suffering from substance addiction or poor mental health. Sometimes parents need extra help to create loving homes where children can thrive.
April is recognized in Florida and throughout the nation as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Gov. and First Lady Scott, state legislators, community leaders, child welfare professionals and child advocates participate in activities and outreach to share the message that everyone plays a role in preventing child abuse and neglect.
This is a good time to assess the well-being of the children around us and consider our efforts to help children and their families succeed. A community can take action to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting activities that strengthen families. One community-based program that successfully strengthens families while preventing child abuse and neglect is Healthy Families Florida.
In 1998, the Florida Legislature created Healthy Families Florida, a voluntary program…