We, Alliance for Children & Families, Inc. —through direct services, advocacy, education, prevention, intervention, supportive services, and the development and implementation of innovative and productive programming—are committed to empowering children, individuals and families to restore them to lives of stability, self-sufficiency and enhancement. We do this by treating all persons with dignity and respect, while embracing their diversity.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Approximately 1.5 million high school students every year nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. In addition, 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.
That’s why during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved. Anyone can raise awareness about teen dating violence. See what’s going on in your community or online and take action!
- February 3rd—Time to Talk Day—Conversations about healthy relationships are happening all across the country. See pledges and It’s Time To Talk Day Talk-A-Thon events near you, on the It’s Time To Talk Day Activity Map.
- Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. CT—Love is Respect, Online and Off Twitter chat— An open discussion about healthy online relationships, what isn’t healthy or respectful online, and other issues that young people face while using technology. Follow the hashtag #teendvchat to participate.
- Feb. 13-17—Respect Week—Hosted by the National Youth Advisory Board. Download the 2017 Respect Week Guide.
- Feb. 14—Wear Orange4Love!—Get your friends and family to wear orange and show support for healthy relationships. Tell people why you are wearing orange and post pictures and updates on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2017.
- Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. CT—Teens Helping Teens: Empowering Young People to Support Each Other Webinar— This webinar, aimed at educators, parents and youth organizations will provide information and strategies for teaching young people about healthy relationships and how to support one another. Register here.
News & Announcements
Winter S.T.A.M.P. Class Begins 1/18/17!
S.T.A.M.P. (Skills to Acquiring Mastery of Parenting) Classes beings January 18, 2017! Contact Housing Director, Dan Hennon, at (330) 823-6008 to sign up while spots are still available. Click to learn more about S.T.A.M.P
ACF Awarded $16,600 from Sisters of Charity Foundation
Alliance for Children and Families is excited to be the recipient of a Sisters of Charity Foundation Grant. ACF was awarded $16,600 over two years to aid community members transition from shelters to permanent supportive housing. Thank you Sisters of Charity Foundation for your generosity and allowing Alliance for Children and Families to help families in our community. Read the full news article and see the entire list of grant recipients on the Canton Repository.
ACF Receives ArtsinStark Grant
Alliance for Children and Families was chosen to receive a $3,500 grant from ArtsinStark. The grant will fund our Math in Music program. This educational program brings the talents of Stearns’ Violin Shop of Hartville to the children of ACF to teach math concepts through practicing musical instruments. Thank you ArtsinStark for allowing Alliance for Children and Families to continue this great program for another year! Read the article on the Canton Repository and visit our Affiliates webpage to see a recap of our 2015 Math in Music program.