Mission: The purpose is to prevent all forms of child abuse and neglect through advocacy, awareness, and education. Our service area is the greater barry county area.
Programs: Parent education workshops, community library outreach, family resource guides and calendar are programs experienced throughout the county. These programs provide access to information from a variety of sources. Each library in barry county has a selection of books, videos and audio tapes with information on parenting issues. The family resource guides contain all the important numbers of help providers in barry county. The calendar is a resource for professional's use showing family activities taking place over the next couple of months. This is updated bimonthly. Awareness and public relations program has been going for numerous years. We try to raise awareness about our other programs and about the organization in general. We have touched countless lives with this program.
the shaken baby program consists of our state of the art baby think it over doll. It is an awareness program that shows that babies are very fragile and has touched 321 students countywide this year. The pennock program impacts 323 families that gave birth at pennock hospital this year. This program gives the family opportunities to sign up for pierre the pelican, they also can take cards linked to our other programs. The sexual abuse kids education (sake) program was presented to students in the thornapple-kellogg school district, teaching them about personal body safety. The mandated reporter guide and training was provided to 612 persons this year also. Kinship program is defined as the provision fo full-time nurturing and protection of children by adults other than parents who have a family relationship bond with the children. We proveide confidential support, monthly support groups, referrals to financial services and resourses,and other referals.
pierre the pelican newsletter is our longest running program. It has been running for 32 years, and it sends out newsletters to families related to their child's developmental age. We are pleased to have touched 585 families this year alone. The total amount of newsletters sent out was a stifiling 2,542. These were sorted by age of the child and mailed out at perfect times throughout the year. The crib program continues to save families from tragic death of a baby due to rollover or suffocation from co-sleeping arrangements. Distributing crib sets, mattresses, porta-crib and youth beds to families all over barry county. This year the breakdown distributed is an astonishing 37 crib sets, 11 toddler bed sets, and 5 pack-n-plays.