For many parents with substance use disorders and for caregivers of children affected by substance abuse or addiction; isolation, anger, fear, embarrassment, and feelings of abandonment are all real. For children, these same emotions are complex and even harder to manage without support. At the Tranquil Shores Children’s Foundation we believe that families are resilient, prevention efforts help, treatment is effective, and that there is hope in recovery!
- Children completed 84 therapy sessions through our Hope Scholarships. Therapy included equine, play, and counseling. Their families also received comprehensive supports including: in-school advocacy, parent/caregiver coaching, opportunities to come together through Universal Music Day, and financial assistance with holiday gifts & basic needs.
- Parents in recovery increased their knowledge of healthy child development through monthly parenting resources on School Readiness, Raising Teens, How to Create a Nurturing Home, The Cycle of Addiction, & Parenting While in Recovery.
- 92 children experienced the love that comes with receiving a Healing HeART “art kit” – a toolkit to help nurture relationships between children and parents/caregivers through art.
- All 5th graders at Azalea Elem. School learned about the dangers of substance use through the class “SAY WHAT?! Substance Abuse & You” approved by Pinellas Co. Schools this year.
- Community awareness was increased through mission presentations at: A Night of Art & Hope Exhibit, The 3rd Charity Golf Classic, Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, Juvenile Welfare Board, Celebrate Recovery, & Back to School Fairs.
- Partnerships resulted in two St. Pete College Human Services interns being better prepared to work with families affected by substance abuse. Sponsorships were also awarded to MADD, BBBS, and R’ Club in support of their work with at-risk youth.