Autauga Co. gets money to deal with unruly teens

MONTGOMERY, AL Autauga County will implement money from a $66,000 award to help parents deal with unruly teenagers and to restore cohesive families.

The Parenting with Love and Limits Program teaches methods to help parents control bad behavior in teens while still demonstrating love for their children. The program is part of Peers Are Staying Straight or P.A.S.S., the Noble Idea.

"The responsibility of rearing children belongs to parents, but sometimes parents need guidance and support," Governor Bob Riley, who awarded the money Tuesday, said. "This program shows parents how to demand obedience from their children but still be loving caregivers."

Parenting with Love and Limits provides the information parents need to resolve conflicts with teenagers who demonstrate out-of-control behavior. The program includes group and family sessions.

P.A.S.S., the Noble Idea is an organization created following the death of Prattville High School senior Michael Noble, who was killed by a drunken driver. The organization includes several programs designed to discourage youth from drinking alcohol, taking drugs and engaging in other unwise behavior. Many of the programs are headed by youth, including teen courts.

Riley notified Danny Chavers, chairman of the Autauga County Commission, that the grant has been approved.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs