Together, We Can Prevent Child Abuse

A few weeks ago, another Prevent Child Abuse America Chapter, PCA Arizona, posted this blog post about shifting the focus from a mandated reporter to a mandated supporter. According to Maryland law, mandated reporters, which include health practitioners, educators, human service workers, and police officers, are required to notify the Child Protective Services (CPS) or …

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When My Teen is Hanging Out with the “Wrong Crowd”

As children enter the adolescence stage of development, their need for strong social bonding with friends and peers often becomes a priority. Indeed, it is these social relationships that help our young teens form their own personal identities.  In seeking out and forming friendships, they learn more about who they are and what their individual …

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Cyberbullying: Tips and Strategies for Proactive Prevention

As schools across Maryland have delayed re-opening, children will be spending many hours of their day behind a screen. Cyberbullying was on the rise before the COVID-19 pandemic and the stress caused by social isolation can create unique circumstances for some children to vent their frustration on line—and classmates become a target.      Today’s technological advances …

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Empowering Family Health with UnitedHealthcare

We are proud to announce that The Family Tree has been chosen as a grant recipient for UnitedHealthcare’s #EmpoweringHealth initiative, which focuses on expanding access to care and addressing the social determinants of health for people in underserved communities. The Family Tree will be using this grant to deepen our parenting education programs in Baltimore …

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Getting Young Children to Nap

            Good sleeping habits are crucial for promoting healthy child development. Along with providing the energy needed for appropriate growth and development, adequate sleep patterns improve behavior and other cognitive processes that support learning, memory, emotional regulation and attention. When children are not getting enough sleep, physical ailments like hypertension, obesity, depression and other bodily injuries …

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Helping Children Get Used to the Idea of Wearing Masks in Public

            Because of the current health crisis, it is a common place to see people wearing face masks in public.  While wearing these masks is an important part of curbing the spread of infection and disease, your child may feel uncomfortable with the idea of wearing face masks when they go outside. Younger children, especially may …

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