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Keeping children safe from abuse: Oakridge 90by30 strategy has many facets

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A ‘Welcome Baby Bundle’ awaits delivery at the Family Resource Center. Susan Hardy photo

By SUSAN HARDY/For The Herald  —  Current statistics show that 52 percent of Lane County children have experienced at least one type of physical assault by an adult.Despite having spent the last two years in a pandemic, the East Lane Region of 90by30 continues to work toward our goal of decreasing child abuse in Lane County by 90 percent by 2030. We have continued to have Roots of Empathy classes in our first-grade classrooms. Lowell has added a Roots of Empathy class for their sixth-grade classroom.

Our local 90×30 team has continued to deliver “Welcome Baby Bundles” to families of newborn babies. However, strict distancing guidelines and pandemic conditions have made it more difficult to find the families having babies. This results in deliveries being done with less contact with families.

Future programs

Our East Lane Regional Leadership Team continues to meet monthly in a hybrid of virtual and in-person attendance to continue expanding the strategies offered in East Lane.

We are currently creating guidelines, defining activities, and seeking volunteers to be able to implement the Foster Grandparents strategy in East Lane.

Also, we are discussing and planning for the Safe Families strategy in the East Lane Region. We will be meeting with the Oakridge Ministerial Association and holding community meetings. Plus, we are seeking families who would choose to be a part of this program.

Parent Café is a parenting program currently being offered only virtually in at least one other region at this time. The East Lane Regional Team is hoping to implement this valuable strategy.

Volunteers are needed

The pandemic has made us change some of the ways we do this work of preventing child abuse. We need people to help make decisions, help with outreach to our community. Volunteers are also needed to do the work that needs to be done to move towards our goal of decreasing child abuse by 90 percent by 2030.

For information contact Susan Hardy at 541-912-3308, or [email protected]

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