Child abuse affects more
Children and families enrolled, or seeking enrollment, in family relief nurseries throughout
Child abuse affects more Oregon children than autism, juvenile diabetes and all forms of childhood cancer combined. In 2011, almost 11,600 children in
The good news is that we have the tools to protect children and support families in
Earlier this month, the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon also held a press conference at the Capitol reviewing key findings identified in the annual report, and met with legislators to emphasize investing in best practice prevention strategies. Rep. Gene Whisnant, from Sunriver, also proposed a resolution in the House, which passed unanimously, urging Oregonians to support child abuse prevention efforts in their communities and across the state.
Tim Rusk, executive director at MountainStar Family Relief Nursery says, “we are saddened by the high rate of child abuse in
About MountainStar Family Relief Nursery:
Nationally accredited, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery (“MountainStar”) provides crisis intervention and a therapeutic classroom for 300 babies and young children from 6 weeks to 4 years old. These children come from families with multiple risk factors for child abuse and neglect, including low income, homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Children at this critical age represent 40% of the victims of child abuse and are at a stage in their development when it is essential to have attached and attentive caretakers. Relief Nurseries have documented success in reducing family risk factors for child abuse and neglect, improving family functioning and self-sufficiency and reducing foster care utilization. For more information about MountainStar and its programs, please visit www.mountainstarfamily.org.