By Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia social services organization is bringing in the experts Saturday to help teach parents how to raise good kids during tough times.
The 2013 Raising Good kids in Bad Times Conference will host workshops on preventing youth violence, how to deal with bullies, hate crimes and domestic violence at home.
“Caregivers who have children with behavior problems, they are struggling. They are struggling to feed them, to clothe them. And besides all of that, they have truancy, drugs, guns and sexual assault. They need hands on information,” said organizer Victoria Gimms.
Philadelphia Police Detective Jose Valdez says parents need to pay attention and understand what young people are dealing with.
“We never want to believe that our kids are involved in gangs, we don’t want to believe that are kids are full of hate. Your kids, they may be doing great in front of you and in your home. But once they are in the street, we have no control,” said Valdez.
There will be free HIV testing and access to professionals from family court, mental health agencies and more.
The conference runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church.