Causes: Community Service Clubs
Mission: Prevent child abuse for mills county children through the provision of education and support to families and community.
Programs: Parenting education programs: grant funds were provided to fund the storks nest project with services directed to teen and young at-risk parents of children up to age 2. Parents sign up for the program, participate in healthy behaviors and educational activities to earn points which can then be used to purchase new baby supplies in the nest store. Parents are encouraged to provide ongoing healthcare for themselves and their children and participate in other helping programs. By improving their knowledge base regarding child development and child care as well as receiving health based services for their children - child abuse can be delayed and prevented. Neglect is the most rapidly increasing area of child abuse. This program hits right at the heart of the issue (70 clients served) all participants receive services at no charge. Program funding provided by prevent child abuse iowa grant funding, mills county endowment grant funding and community donation.
parenting education programs: 15 at-risk families were served with parents as teachers education programs at no cost to participants. This curriculum based program provides a certified pat educator to work with parents of children age 0-5 who have limited community and family support. The purpose of the program is to decrease abuse by educating parents about their child's development and methods of stimulating that development. Parents are also provided with opportunities to participate in group activities that allow them to force supportive bonds i the community, education in child development and ways to effe3ctively parent. Children also receive developmental screenings and referrals to needed services. Families who receive these services overwhelmingly agree they feel more competent as a parent and better able to be their child's first and best teacher. Visits are provided in the home on a weekly basis with group activities provided monthly. (30 children served) funding provided by prevent child abuse iowa grant funds.
sexual abuse prevention programming: provides ready set know curriculum in all area schools, grades, kindergarten, first and second. This evident based program provided education on sexual abuse safety and awareness to a total of 675 students during this program year. Program funding provided by prevent child abuse iowa.
mills county public health - circles for support project - funded through a grant from the iowa west foundation. This project provides support for those in our community living in poverty and isolation through the provision of a twice monthly community dinner, connections with community peer leaders, support meetings and connections to needed resources. The long range goal of this group is to lift families permanently out of poverty through the support of the community. 90 individuals served annually - all ages.
the back pack program collected donations and utilized them to purchase supplies and backpacks for a total of 150 mills count at-risk children.
diaper drive - during child abuse prevention month - donations are collected to support the nest store diaper stock. This program served over 90 families during this fiscal year.
mills county endowment provided funding to support the nest program which served over 90 mills county families during this fiscal year. See #1 for more information on the program.
our council supported child abuse prevention week during april of 2014 and utilized a total of 239. 93 in supplies and expenses for this project. This included hiring a balloon lady for our festival of the young child and activity supplies for the week's activities.