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Give Local- May 6th, 2014 Mark Your Calendars for Tuesday MAY 6th! April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc.

Our Heritage: Help, Hope, Healing.  This is what goes on every day on our beautiful 110-acre residential campus along the Wando River in Awendaw. Our boys have access to several ponds, nature and fitness trails, a wide variety of animals, an obstacle and challenge course, and an on-campus education center.  These programs are led by highly skilled staff and best practice evidenced based therapeutic interventions. It all adds up to a nationally accredited treatment program that offers each child a chance to elevate himself beyond his wildest expectations.

On the way to becoming a productive member of our community, each child is given the opportunity to overcome past traumas. We offer a unique approach to the healing process; it is truly a lifeline for at-risk children. Therapies geared to increase problem solving and emotion regulation increase the child’s ability to achieve a successful completion of our program.

For anyone who questions whether or not miracles happen; I invite you to come visit us. At Windwood Farm, miracles happen every day!  The smiles on the faces of the children – who have overcome exposure to horrific living situations, extreme abuse and neglect, substance abuse, or physical cruelty – tell a compelling story. Our boys are living proof that lives can be changed, that character can be built, and that success lies at the feet of those who embrace the tools offered to them to move forward. Over the past 29 years, 500 boys have called Windwood Farm their home. The services provided here takes them one step closer to a a brighter future and successful life in our community.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

With more than 17,000 cases of child abuse or neglect reported annually, South Carolina ranks 45th among other states in our ability to ensure child well-being.

  • A child is reported abused or neglected in the U.S. every 10 seconds.  1 in 5 children will be abused before the age of 18 (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, ongoing)
  • Annually 900,000 children in the U.S. are reported to be abused or neglected (Child Maltreatment, 2007).
  • Child abuse and neglect in the U.S. costs $284 million a day (Prevent Child Abuse America, 2008)
  • 2 out of 3 teen mothers were abused as children
  • 2 out of 3 adults with substance abuse problems were abused as children (Prevent Child Abuse America, 2008)
  • Children who are abused are twice as likely to be arrested for violent crimes as an adult (English, Widom, & Brandford, 2004)
  • In South Carolina, 17,000 cases of abuse or neglect are reported annually (Department of Social Services, 2012)
  • In Charleston County last year, there were 1,345 investigations into reported cases of abuse or neglect. In Berkeley County last year, there were 827 investigations into reported cases of child abuse and neglect (Department of Social Services)
  • More than 9,500 children in our Tri-County area have emotional behavioral disorders
  • South Carolina ranks 14th highest for incidents of teen death by suicide, homicide or accidents

Thanks to Jersey Mike’s Subs and a Community that Cares!

                            

  A big thanks goes out to our 11 local Jersey Mike’s Subs for choosing Windwood Family Services as their 2014 charity of choice for their March Month of Giving ! We appreciate all of their efforts and the support of a very generous community who stopped in at all the locations for a satisfying meal! This donation will go to provide therapeutic services for the boys who call Windwood Farm their home.

 

 

 

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