Parents Making the Right Choice

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For 28 years, The Children's Aid Society’s Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAS-Carrera) has been helping parents navigate the talks they have with their children about their sexuality, through the Parent Family Life & Sexuality Education program (PFLSE). On Friday, June 6, CAS-Carrera held its most recent graduation ceremony, at Hunter College, for dozens of parents who hoped to, and will do, a better job at guiding their children.

PFLSE is a multi-week workshop that provides dozens of parents from Harlem, the South Bronx, Staten Island, and Brooklyn with knowledge and strategies on how to become more actively involved in their child’s sexual development. The bilingual program, led by CAS-Carerra educators along with peer support from promotores (trained community educators), urges parents to be open and supportive when their children have questions.

Dr. Michael A. Carrera launched CAS-Carrera in 1984, and the PFLSE program two years later.  As he does every year, Dr. Carrera reminded the parent graduates that “they are the primary sexuality educators of their own children—they have no choice about it. Their only choice is how well or poorly they do it.”