The needs of families are dramatically different from what they were 50 years ago. Without support, without assistance, and with all the challenges of raising kids in today’s environment, some of these vulnerable families will fail. They will travel down a destructive path, a path of child abuse and/or neglect and mental illness. Their children will develop crippling behavioral and emotional problems. When they grow up they can become abusers themselves, perpetuating the problem for generations.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There is a constructive path that starts with prevention, providing needed support to vulnerable families, includes community-based intervention when children and adults experience problems and offers out of home placement options for youth who have experienced significant trauma and must be provided a safer place to live.
Two paths, and the choice is ours.
Either we help children and families become constructive contributors, or we pay as they become a destructive burden. The good news is that the constructive path not only builds up our families and communities, it also costs less. Family & Children’s Center helps children and youth in our care learn coping skills for life. The success they experience carries into adulthood—thereby increasing their potential to be contributing citizens.