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WFAA repors – Childhood poverty growing in Tarrant Conty: Watch Here!

Child Abuse Prevention Month Awareness Month

No más abuso infantil en el Condado Tarrant – Univision 23 Dallas – UnivisionNone 

Child abuse cases, deaths increase in Tarrant County in 2015 | The Star-Telegram
         Concientización contra el abuso infantil | Telemundo Dallas

Time to focus on preventing child abuse | The Star-Telegram

Building Stronger Families:

The Parenting Center Receives $1.38 Million Dollar Grant to support

Empowering Families Project

On October 5th, The Parenting Center was awarded a $1.38 million dollar grant by The Administration for Children and Families. The grant is expected to continue for the next 5 years and will fund The Empowering Families Project, an innovative program focused on improving and enriching marriages and relationships in Tarrant County.  The Parenting Center will offer marriage/relationship and parenting education services, career placement and information and referral support for domestic violence and child abuse to low-income families, refugees, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, and those at risk of receiving TANF.
“The ultimate goal of The Parenting Center is to eliminate child abuse and neglect. Healthy relationships are a key part in making that goal a reality,” says Executive Director Paul Gravley. “We are ready to work with partner agencies to offer our clients comprehensive services that we know will not only transform their relationships and gain a foothold on their finances, but also help them to be great examples for their children.”
The Empowering Families Project also includes a comprehensive research study to be led by the University of North Texas in Denton. Other community agencies involved in this collaborative project are: Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, One Safe Place, Family Pathfinders, Clayton Yes!, and Communities in Schools.
The Parenting Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Tarrant County, impacts nearly 18,000 individuals a year by providing family life education, counseling, case management and co-parenting programs. For more information on services please visit theparentingcenter.org or call 817-332-6348.


Why risk it? New recommendation to avoid alcohol while pregnant
Cory Kildare, MS, CFLE
Doctoral Candidate – Human Development and Family Studies
The Parenting Center’s Guest Writer
 “How much is OK to drink while you are pregnant?” is a question doctors get asked a lot.  Some doctors say 1 glass of wine or 1 beer is OK, while others say it is only binge drinking that should be avoided. The answer has not been clear, until now.
On October 19th 2015, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially stated that no alcohol should be consumed while pregnant.  Research since the early 1970’s shows that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can affect your baby’s physical, social and cognitive development.  Yes, you may know someone who drank alcohol while they were pregnant and their baby has no visible side effects. There are always exceptions and symptoms of FASD have a wide range, including having a low birth weight baby to having a lifelong neurological disorder. The real thing to consider is: why risk your baby’s current and future health?  All Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are 100% preventable while the side effects can last a lifetime. Give your baby a good start in life and avoid alcohol while you are pregnant.
For more information check out the official AAP report on pregnancy and alcohol consumption: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/10/13/peds.2015-3113
See Related Article – http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/21/health/aap-no-alcohol-during-pregnancy/
360 West – September 2015 Party With A Purpose
CBS Radio – September 2015 Feast in the Fort
Fort Worth Business Press – September 2015 The Parenting Center names new leader!
6/11/14: More help for Morningside
5/22/14: Treating the Family
10/27/13: The Parenting Center’s Launches Rebrand 

8/23/13: Crystal Cardwell is the new Development Director  
6/3/13: Bruce Douglas is the new Family Life Educator for the Fathers and Children Together (FACT) Program 



10/23/15 : The Parenting Center Receives $1.38 Million Dollar Grant to support Empowering Families Project


9/16/14: Expert response to recent allegations regarding NFL player Adrian Peterson
9/1/14:  H.E.A.L. Program Launched
7/22/14: Announcing Free In-Home Parent Education Program to Tarrant Country
6/12/14: Babies R Us Classes
3/14/14: April Child Abuse Prevention Month
3/13/14: The Parenting Center cautions against leaving children in vehicles
2/4/14: 2014 Board Members Press Release

Child Abuse & Neglect Fact Sheet For 2012

This is the official report from The Department of Family Protective Services and the reason we do what we do everyday.