Mission: To build stronger, healthier families and prevent the maltreatment of children. Affiliated with Parents Anonymous, the National Exchange Club and United Way, the Family Tree provides crisis intervention, information and referral and a 24-hour, toll-free statewide Family StressLine. The group's parent education programs focus on teaching parents new skills and strategies in a supportive, informal group setting. Trained volunteers also work with pregnant teen-agers and young fathers in a home-based mentoring program.
Latest accomplishments: The agency's award-winning television public service announcement, "You don't have to beat your kids to leave scars," has aired on local television stations and generated scores of calls for services. The agency also has worked with the Maryland State Department of Education to publish the "Parents Home Companion," a parents' resource guide.
On the horizon: The Best of Baltimore Party from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday at Bohager's at Parrot Island, 701 S. Eden St. in Fells Point. The annual Family Tree benefit features food created by area restaurants, music, dancing and drinks. Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door. Call 410-752-4200. Plans also are under way for Great Chefs 2000, a fund-raising event that features a renowned chef at an intimate, gourmet meal.