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National Family Month 2008 Focuses on Top Issues Facing Kids and Families Today
Date:5/22/2008

Month to spotlight growing importance of grandparents, crisis prevention,

and creating new families Congressionally recognized celebration to run from Mother's Day to Father's

Day (May 11 - June 15)

BETHLEHEM, Pa., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Mother's Day to Father's Day (May 11 - June 15 in 2007) are the official dates of this year's National Family Month(R), a congressionally recognized celebration to raise awareness and underscore the importance of family-kids, parents, relatives and caregivers -- and to provide an opportunity for families to share special time together, develop or renew relationships, identify or rediscover needs, and remind everyone of the importance of family involvement in raising healthy, confident kids for America's future.

A wealth of ideas, events, expert tips and free resources to help America's families connect, reconnect, and live healthier, happier lives are available from KidsPeace, the 126-year-old national children's charity that created National Family Month, on their websites http://www.kidspeace.org and http://www.familymonth.net , which is chock full of ideas on how to spend important time together.

National Family Month spotlights different themes each year, and in 2008 it is turning the public's attention to two vital needs, one dramatically emerging trend, and a chance to get involved in an engaging national effort that will help express appreciation of someone special and even win something big.

2008's National Family Month's themes are:

-- HONORING AMERICA'S GRANDPARENTS

Few people are aware of a recent startling shift in family dynamics,

but grandparents are the primary caregivers for nearly six million

children in this country - and the numbers are growing. In fact, 75

percent of all non-parental care of children in America is now

provided by grandparents. To focus the nation's attention on this

phenomenon and provide grandparents with the recognition they deserve,

the national children's charity KidsPeace, Humana, Mattel, Beaches

Resorts and GRAND Magazine are launching the third annual national

search for an example of extraordinary care worthy of the title of

GRANDparent of the Year. Any member of the American public can

nominate a GRANDparent of the Year. Nominating forms are available in

the May/June issue of GRAND Magazine and online at

http://www.grandmagazine.com . Children should use the kid-safe site

http://www.grandcontest.com .

-- OPENING YOUR HEART AND YOUR HOME TO A CHILD IN NEED

Got extra love to share? Think about creating a family or expanding

the one you've got. May is also National Foster Care Awareness Month

and more than 600,000 children nationwide currently need foster homes.

Unfortunately, the number of foster homes falls far short of meeting

the need. A supportive, caring foster family can give kids a

sanctuary where they can be safe, heal from their emotional scars, and

experience a sense of home and family they may never have had before.

The face of foster care is changing, with older children, youngsters

with disabilities, and kids who not only need a loving home but help

to overcome crises such as abuse. To learn more about foster care and

adoption, or find events in your area, go to http://www.kidspeace.org ,

http://www.fostercare.com , or http://www.fostercaremonth.org .

-- KEEPING THE FAMILY MEMBERS YOU ALREADY HAVE AND LOVE SAFE

Americans work hard to protect their children, but child abuse and

neglect remain at unacceptably high levels with nearly 900,000 U.S.

youngsters hurt each year. Since many of even the best-intentioned

parents don't know how to prevent abuse and the conditions under which

it may come about, the 125-year-old national children's crisis charity

KidsPeace is offering free downloadable information packets called,

"24 Ways You Can Prevent Child Abuse ... Before it Starts." Parents,

teachers and others can go to http://www.kidspeace.org (click on "resources"

and "brochures") and find two dozen simple yet effective tips to Make

Your Home Safe, Give Your Child Trust and Build Communication, Give

Your Child Independence, and Give Your Child Self-Esteem.

And to keep children and families healthy and happy during National Family Month year-round, remember:
-- Expert Help for Kids at http://www.TeenCentral.net/gethelp . TeenCentral is

a unique, free problem-solving websource that provides clinically

screened help to defuse stresses leading to crises, depression,

substance abuse, eating disorders and other problems

-- Expert Help for Adults at http://www.kidspeace.org to identify and relieve

pressures on today's kids.

"National Family Month is an opportunity to talk with our kids about the issues that most affect us and our family lives together," says KidsPeace Acting President Dr. Lorrie Henderson. "We urge every family to get involved, add to your family, or enjoy rediscovering in some new way the most important people in their lives."

KidsPeace is a 126-year-old national children's crisis charity dedicated to giving help, hope and healing to kids facing traumas, depression, eating disorders and the stresses of modern life. Founded in 1882 in Bethlehem, Pa., KidsPeace helps thousands of children a day at 50+ centers nationally and millions more through public education and outreach with the support of its National Spokesperson Leeza Gibbons, national safety and self-esteem icon RETRO BILL and other notables. KidsPeace was called "the outstanding organization" of its kind by the AAPSC and "a prototype of what we need for all children everywhere" by family expert Dr. Lee Salk.

Contact: Mark Stubis, Vice President

(800) 25-PEACE or mark.stubis@kidspeace.org


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