SafeHomes is a parent networking campaign
based on the belief that to prevent a child from using drugs, you need
to create an atmosphere where drug use is not acceptable. One of the main
reasons kids take drugs is pressure from peers. When parents join together
and take a united stand against drug use, they become much more effective
than if they act separately. Parents can benefit from the support of other
parents by helping each other resist pressure from parents who do not
set the same limits on their children's behavior.
What Are the
Goals of the SafeHomes Parent Network Campaign?
If I join
SafeHomes, won't my child think I don't trust him/her?
1. To aid parents in educating themselves about the use of alcohol and
other drugs by adolescents.
2. To encourage parents to openly communicate with one another about parenting
3. To assist parents in establishing reasonable guidelines for their children's
4. To make parents aware of alternative activities available to youth.
5. To function as a continuing support network, for both parents and children.
SafeHomes parents agree
That we will cooperate with schools, law enforcement agencies and young
people to create a healthy atmosphere in which the use of alcohol and
other drugs is no longer considered the norm.
In order to do this, we will support the following guidelines:
1. We will develop and communicate a clear position about alcohol and
other drug use.
2. We will not allow parties and gatherings in our homes when we are not
3. We will work toward strengthening school policy regarding the use of
alcohol and other drugs.
4. We will agree to support law enforcement policy regarding the use of
alcohol and other drugs and encourage the use of appropriate discipline
and treatment in dealing with offenders.
5. We will not allow the illegal use of alcohol or other drugs in our
home or on our property.
6. We will communicate with other parents in our child's social circles.
Trust does not have to be "blind
trust." Parents have every right to question where their children
are going, or what they are doing. Sometimes we need to love our children
enough not to trust them. We need to realize that they are growing up
in a world much different from the one in which we grew up. What was experimentation
in the 50's and early 60's has become regular use. The statistics don't
lie. We have an epidemic of drug/alcohol dependence among our young; and
their dependence is growing by geometric proportions.
Members of SafeHomes can be open about
their activities with their children. They may tell their children that
they are members of a group because they care and want to be informed
about the world in which the child is living.
A child can always be told,
"I love and trust you, but I don't trust the world in which you are
growing and I need to know about that world in order to be a good parent
SafeHomes contracts are not legally binding, but are statements of concern
and intent. SafeHomes and its members are not able to guarantee or enforce
Parents are the best protection young
people have against drug abuse.
Remember, friends don't set boundaries, parents do!
I PLEDGE TO PROVIDE
I WILL PROVIDE ADULT SUPERVISION FOR ALL CHILDREN VISITING MY HOME.
I WILL PROVIDE A SECURE
STORAGE PLACE FOR ALL FORMS OF ALCOHOL, FIREARMS AND OTHER POTENTIALLY
I WLL NOT ALLOW PARTIES
OR GATHERINGS IN MY HOME WHEN I AM NOT THERE.
I WILL NOT SERVE NOR
WILL I ALLOW YOUTH UNDER THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE (21) TO CONSUME ALCOHOL
IN MY HOME OR ON MY PROPERTY.
I WISH FOR COMMUNICATION
WITH ANY PARENT WHO PERSONALLY OBSERVES MY CHILD USING ALCOHOL OR OTHER
I WILL COMMUNICATE WITH
ANY SAFEHOMES PARENT OF A CHILD I PERSONALLY OBSERVE USING ALCOHOL OR
Name (please print)_________________________________________
Town / Zip Code __________________________ ________________
School / Organization _______________________________________
Phone Number ____________________________________________
I give my permission to have my name and
phone number included in the SafeHomes Directory (where published.)
THIS IS A ONE YEAR COMMITMENT AND MUST BE RENEWED ANNUALLY
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