Who Are The Homeless?

  First, who are the persons and families experiencing homelessness? Who stays at shelters? The circumstances which bring people into the shelter system range from mothers with children who are escaping domestic violence in the home to youth who’ve aged out of the foster care system with no concrete plans or supports during their transition […]

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect by Strengthening Families and Communities

The Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) supports efforts that foster safe and stable environments for children and their families. Strengthening families through the promotion of protective factors can effectively prevent child maltreatment and create opportunities for families to flourish. This is highlighted in the theme for this year’s 2019 National Child Abuse […]

Why Parents Shouldn’t Shoot the ‘Messenger’

We get it! No parent wishes to hear any bad news about their child in any form or fashion. Good news is always welcomed, but bad news is interpreted as a reflection of their parenting skills. This is false. Depending upon the age of that child, crossing lines and defying authority is always just a […]

Should You Pay Your Child For Performing Household Chores?

Do parents still give allowances? How frequently– once a week, once a month? And, why? If you are one of those parents who gives your child an allowance, is it for fulfilling a responsibility or just because you believe your child needs pocket change? Consider this:   Your child wants an expensive pair of sneakers, or […]