Communities in Schools of North Carolina developed a program called FAST ("Families and Schools Together"). The 10-week program for parents and their children is designed to break down barriers to communication.
Children learn to trust their parents, while parents learn to listen.
"I've seen a lot of growth with these kids just being able to have a chance to talk to their mom or dad," said FAST facilitator Melissa Bell.
The FAST program is active in several school districts throughout the state, including Charlotte, Wilmington and in the Raleigh area.