The Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services along with the eight counties listed below implemented a call center know as COLLABOR8. These nine (9) JFS Departments share a telephone and imaging system between counties to service public assistance consumers.
A Sandusky County Grand Jury recently indicted Fremont resident, Kelly Provonsha, on charges of tampering with records and grand theft.
Child Abuse Prevention
Building Gateways to Prevention in Your Community
We all have a role in building strong communities in which families and children are valued and supported. It is in these communities that children are safest from abuse and neglect. Here are some things you can do as a concerned individual.
The Five R's
Prevent Child Abuse America has developed the following "Five R's," which can help individuals better understand the role they can play in child abuse prevention.
Call or write your candidates and elected officials to educate them about issues in
Child abuse and neglect occur in all segments of our society, but the risk factors are
- Abuse alcohol or drugs
- Are isolated from their families or communities
- Have difficulty controlling their anger or stress
- Appear uninterested in the care, nourishment, or safety of their children
- Seem to be having serious economic, housing, or personal problems
Recognize the warning signs.
Some of the warning signs that a child might be abused or neglected include:
- Nervousness around adults
- Aggression toward adults or other children
- Inability to stay awake or to concentrate for extended periods
- Sudden, dramatic changes in personality or activities
- Acting out sexually or showing interest in sex that is not appropriate for his or her age
- Frequent or unexplained bruises or injuries
- Low self-esteem
- Poor hygiene
If you suspect abuse or neglect is occurring, report it. In Sandusky County you may
Other Ways You Can Help
Build a support network by getting involved in your neighborhood.
- Develop friendly relationships with your neighbors and their children. Problems often seem less overwhelming when you have support nearby.
- Get involved in your child's school. Join the parent-teacher organization and attend school events.
- Talk to your friends and neighbors about child abuse and how to prevent it.
Learn how your community supports children and families.
The following programs may be offered through schools, healthcare clinics, social service agencies, or community- or faith-based organizations:
- Parent education programs teach parents about child development and parenting skills.
- Home-visiting programs provide social support, education, and crisis intervention to families at risk for abuse.
- Substance abuse treatment programs can help parents overcome problems with alcohol or other drugs.
- Well-baby programs provide health and education services to new parents.
- Childcare programs offer affordable childcare services. This may allow parents to maintain full-time jobs or stay in school while keeping their children safe.
- Respite care provides relief to families with a child or other family member who is ill or has a disability.
- Parent mentor programs match experienced, stable parents with parents at risk for abuse. Mentors provide support and model positive parenting skills.
- Family support centers offer an array of preventive support services, including many of those listed above, as well as referral to other community services.
- Parent support groups offer a place for parents to meet and discuss parenting issues, exchange ideas, and offer support.
Take part in community prevention efforts.
- Help local organizations distribute educational materials on parenting and child abuse prevention.
- Encourage local schools or other community organizations to provide parenting education.
- Request a speaker or in-service training through the child protective services hotline.
- Offer to speak to the media and other groups about your own experiences as a parent. Parents Anonymous ® Inc. has a resource guide, Media Guide for Parent Leaders,that may be helpful.
- Organize a fundraiser or a food drive to support an organization that helps families in your community.
- Help the public library develop resources for parents. Work with the librarian to develop a collection of resources on child development and parenting skills.
- Provide friendship an guidance to parents and children who need your help by volunteering for programs such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
- Contact your elected officials and ask them to support funding for prevention efforts and policies that support children and families.
- Make a donation to an organization that works to prevent child abuse. You can donate money, or give clothing, food, or toys to a social service agency that helps families in your community.
- Start or join a community coalition to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Adapted from gateways to prevention 2003 child abuse prevention community resource packet