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06 December 2013

Parenting help to reduce crime

Rockdale County in the US state of Georgia is using parenting education and support to help reduce crime, create a healthier community, and break the cycle of child abuse says a report in The Rockdale News.

Under a one-year trial supported by a government grant, the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is now being made available to selected at-risk families in Rockdale. 


Experienced educators will be able to assess defendants coming into the Rockdale County accountability courts - the DUI [Driving Under the Influence] Court, Adult Drug Court, and Teen Drug Court – and refer them to the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. 


The US Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the State of Georgia Governor's Office for Children and Families have provided funding to allow for classes, counseling sessions and parenting support groups for about 40 to 50 people.


"We think this is another holistic way to deal with the people in our program, the children that they're raising, so they're not perpetrating the same cycle,” says State Court Judge Nancy Bills, who heads the Rockdale County Judicial Circuit Project.


The Rockdale County grant will last one year, with an option of applying for another two years.


Read the full story on the Rockdale News website.


 [NB - Rockdale County is targeting at-risk parents with this initiative, but the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is also available in a variety of different levels, depending on the circumstances of individual families.  Options range from a two-hour seminar to more intensive ongoing support.]