Growing up in Southern California, Tyleasha Williams watched out for kids in her neighborhood whose parents were addicted to drugs or otherwise neglectful. Now at age 32, she is helping to strengthen at-risk families in some of Sacramento's roughest neighborhoods as an AmeriCorps home-visitor with Birth & Beyond, a family support collaborative funded by First 5 Sacramento. Williams sat down recently with Laura Torres, a single mother looking for guidance parenting her three-year-old daughter. Williams says Torres is a favorite client but many of her cases are not so easy with referrals coming from child protective services and area hospitals for child abuse prevention. She says providing families with the resources they need and some education is rewarding. "If we help the parents and we give them the knowledge, then they're able to set that foundation for their children," she says.
September 16, 2013
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