Contact: Janet Eichholz, St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services, 218-749-7178
St. Louis County Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month
St. Louis County will recognize Child Abuse Prevention month at the St. Louis County Courthouse, 100 N. 5th Avenue West, Duluth, Tuesday, April 3th, 2007, at 9:30 AM in the County Board Room at the beginning of their regular Board Meeting.
Children depend on those who care for them to provide for their health, safety, and emotional well-being. When parents and other caregivers are not able to meet this responsibility, the result to children and to society is often tragic.
Last year St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Child Protection staff responded to 851 referrals alleging child abuse or neglect, involving over 1,000 children. Abused and neglected children often carry the burden of their experiences into adulthood in the form of substance abuse, depression, physical disabilities, learning difficulties, criminal activity, and the continued cycle of abuse. These personal difficulties result in increase demand on health care, education, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Clearly, when a child suffers, our community suffers.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is time to reflect on what we are doing as a community to support children and families. Children don’t come with instructions and too many parents face raising children without the support they need. We all have opportunities to reach out to parents in our families, neighborhoods or places of employment.
St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services is committed to addressing child abuse not only through child abuse intervention and on-going child protection services, but also by providing early intervention and supportive services to children and families. Early intervention programs provided include: Family Outreach Services, Teen Parent Services, Intensive Family-Based Services, Children’s Mental Health and Drug-Endangered Child Services. Prevention services include: Superior Babies, Public Health Home Visiting, and Nurse Family Partnership. In 2006, St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services provided help and support to some 6,000 children and their families.
This April, let’s make sure the parents and caregivers of children in our community have the resources and support they need. The result will be a better future for our children and our community.