Fortunately, the trauma of child abuse and neglect is preventable. The root of child abuse and neglect is often related to lack of role models, limited parenting knowledge, family stressors, and the absence of reliable support systems. In FY20, as a result of effective strategies and services within the Children, Youth and Families Division, there have been successful efforts to address these factors and help prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs:
- 72% of parents who completed a class with the Parenting Education Programs demonstrated improved parenting and child-rearing attitudes.
- 90% of fathers who graduated from the Dad’s Parenting Group maintained or increased their time spent with their children.
- 98% of families served by Protection & Preservation Services and 100% of families served by Neighborhood Networks were able to safely maintain their children in the home.
- 76 children entering Foster Care in FY 2020. Since FY12, there has been a significant decrease in the total number of youth entering foster care. This trend results largely from intensive prevention and early intervention efforts.
- Volunteer and Partner Services coordinated 241 volunteers who dedicated 12,906 hours of their time, providing an economic impact of over $367,000, while community members donated $326,107 to DFS programs
- Impacted 5,961 children throughout the community with tutoring, mentoring and Body Safety classes.
(return to Child Abuse Prevention Month)