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News   |   May 2017
The lazy days of summer are almost here. Pools are opening, temperatures are climbing, schools are ending. Before you know it, you'll be diving in for fun in the sun! Make sure you're prepared for a safe and engaging summer. Read on to learn more.
Summer Safety Tips

Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure their children are stimulated and safe. Here are some things to consider:

Swim Safety - Don't allow children in or near a pool alone. Enroll your child in age-appropriate swim lessons. Find more swim safety tips here.

Heat Safety  - Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and take frequent water breaks. NEVER  leave children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked. Always apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or more. Here are more tips for heat.

Babysitter SafetyWhen you leave your child with your partner or babysitter, you expect them to care for your child just like you would. That is not always the case. Read these important guidelines.

Summer Learning - Children can fall 2-3 years behind their peers without enriching summer activities. Find a camp (many offer scholarships!) or plan for these 10 learning tips.

For more advice this summer and beyond, visit our Tips for Parents page!
Volunteer with The Family Tree!

Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
July 10-16, 2017
Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, MD

This major event on the annual PGA Champions Tour gives back a part of their proceeds to local charities. The Family Tree is proud to be selected as one of this year's charity partners... and we need your help!
Volunteer for our cause while witnessing a stellar field of players compete. We hope that we can count on your support for this fundraising opportunity that will fuel our child abuse prevention work.
Sign up now! Select "Championship Volunteer" and specify The Family Tree as your "Golf Club/ Organization Affiliation".
The Best of Baltimore Party Ticket Committee
Now through August 17th!

For over 20 years, The Family Tree has been the benefiting charity of  Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore Party . You can support our cause too by joining our Ticket Committee!  Help us sell tickets and you can revel in:
  • Upscale tastings from dozens of the area's best restaurants
  • Handcrafted cocktails, beers and wine
  • Live music
  • And more!
Join the fun by contacting Kelley Harrison   via email or 410-889-2300!
Learn About Our Parenting HelpLine

The Parenting Helpline  is The Family Tree's oldest support service - and one that continues to be a vital resource! This 24-hour statewide line is free, confidential and serves over 7,000 callers a year with a listening, supportive ear.  When you call the HelpLine, the person who answers is trained on topics such as child abuse, parenting advice, mental health issues, providing basic needs such as shelter and housing, domestic violence, and much more It's a resource for caregivers, public and private agencies, community partners, professional agencies and schools. We even provide language interpretation!

Call us today at 800-243-7337! To learn more or volunteer, email Patricia Barger.
Building Support & Awareness

A Look Back at the Great Chefs' Dinner

The 26th Annual Great Chefs' Dinner on May 3, 2017 was one of our most memorable yet - featuring captivating stories from parent participants, an eye-opening video about Adverse Childhood Experiences, James Beard award-winning chefs who joined us all the way from Los Angeles, and passionate guests working together to prevent child abuse and neglect in Maryland. Thank you to our over 90 sponsors, a dynamic planning committee, auction donors, and over 400 guests! Check out the  photo album.

A Look Back at Strike Out Child Abuse

Bowling is much more fun when you're doing it with The Family Tree's Next Generation Network! For the second year, we took over Mustang Alley's on May 18th for an event that puts the FUN in fundraiser. The sponsors and the 70 young professionals who joined us are making a big difference for Maryland's children and families. Thanks to them, we raised over $11,000! Stay connected with our new NGN Facebook page.

Your Words Can Create Trauma

We know that parenting isn't easy. Almost every parent lashes out at their child at some point. Yet the words you use can have a real impact. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help.

The Family Tree's Flip the Script campaign shows how you can better communicate with your kids. It's just one facet of our overall effort to help parents like you raise happy, healthy families. See our Talk Kit  now.

You can also learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (such as harsh verbal discipline) in our new video.
Upcoming Classes

You can now refer parents or enroll online!

Parenting for Success
10-week research-based parenting class
Cost: Free

*Mondays starting 6/19,  6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
*Wednesdays starting 6/21, 10  a.m. - 12 p.m.
*Wednesdays starting 6/28, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Location:  St. Agnes Hospital)

Simple Techniques for Emotional Management (STEM)
9-week anger management program
Cost: Sliding scale fee (medical assistance accepted)

*Advance registration is required for all of the above classes. All classes are held at The Family Tree (2108 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230) unless otherwise stated.

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