State Legislators Support Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s Parenting Program
By Space Coast Daily // November 19, 2014
'It’s Time to be a Parent Again' Pilot Program
Sheriff Wayne Ivey Announces Pilot Parenting Program In Tallahassee News Conference
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and State Attorney Phil Archer, flanked by Florida’s top legislative leaders, held a news conference on Wednesday at the Capitol to announce the launch of “It’s Time to be a Parent Again” Pilot Program to help parents with parenting issues.
Senate President Andy Gardiner and his counterpart, House of Representatives Speaker Steve Crisafulli, joined Sheriff Ivey in praising the goals of the pilot and expressing their support for the message it sends to parents.
“It’s hard to tough love your kids,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“It’s even tougher to visit them in jail or the unimaginable in the graveyard. Our goal is simple; help parents retake control by establishing rules, expectations and consequences for their children who will someday become parents themselves.”
This first of its kind program is a joint effort by local Sheriffs and States Attorneys to give parents the tools, resources and philosophy necessary to hold their children accountable for their actions and to steer them away from trouble and towards success.
Make no mistake, this is an “in your face” presentation for parents, grandparents and guardians who are raising our next generation of parents.
One of the highlights of these forums is the chance for parents to engage in a question and answer session with real inmates from area institutions as to how and when they went bad and how to keep children out of their situation.
The goal is to empower parents to be the Chief Law Enforcers in their child’s lives.
The Pilot Program will cover four counties, including Brevard, Seminole, Osceola and Polk.
The program consists of a series of public forums, supported by radio, television and direct mail to help parents cope with challenges never dreamed of in past generations – drugs, gangs, bullying and social media.
The “It’s Time to be a Parent Again” Pilot Program will be used to evaluate the success of the program and also to create a delivery template that other agencies can use in their respective areas to help empower parents to successful raise our next generation of parents.
“Society has a real stake in the success or failure of today’s parents,” said Sheriff Ivey. “We want parents to realize they have the legal, moral and ethical right to be the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in their child’s life.”