AMARILLO -- Family Support Services received a $175,000 grant from the Department of State Health Services to fund a nationally recognized program that reduces substance abuse and other problem behaviors in young people by working with the whole family.
The Strengthening Families Program is a 10-week course will begin in late September, and will be offered between September and May, at eight different school sites across the Amarillo Independent School District and one community site during the summer months.
Studies show that the Strengthening Families Program, developed in the 1980s, has a strong impact on reducing substance abuse and conduct problems, and helps young people resist peer pressure and create healthy child-parent bonds. Parents report an increased ability to set limits, show affection, open the lines of communication and support their children.
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