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Making Christmas brighter for Windwood Farms youth

2020-09-18T12:27:25-04:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: In the Press|

Peper column: Making Christmas brighter for Windwood Farms youth By Warren Peper There are a number of generous civic clubs that go the extra mile this time of year to provide a better Christmas to less fortunate children. It was an eye-opening privilege last week to watch the members of the Charleston Metro Exchange Club literally wrap their arms around a group of boys from Windwood Farm. Windwood is designed to provide hope, help and healing for abused and neglected boys in Charleston and Dorchester counties. When the boys, generally aged 8 to 14, arrive at the facility, all of their possessions are contained in a black plastic bag. What isn’t quite as visible is the additional baggage of abuse and neglect. While at Windwood, the goal is to provide safety, in a nurturing environment, while the boys are also given structure and therapy. Every single boy who arrives with his plastic bag is [...]

Our Children Need Your Voice NOW!

2017-12-04T19:18:40-05:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Homepage Featured Post, News|

The U.S. Senate is currently working on its version of the Health Care Bill. While we have heard it will not be as drastic as the House's version we expect 632,686 children in South Carolina to be in danger of losing their Medicaid coverage. More than 10 million Americans with disabilities rely on Medicaid for care. This decision will affect millions. Our children need your voice now! You can make a difference! Please take the below steps to ensure our children do not face cuts to their healthcare and ultimately their well-being. Step One! Contact your SC legislator! Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) Nick Myers, Legislative Aide nick_myers@lgraham.senate.gov 202-224-5972 Sen. Timothy Scott (R) Claire Brandewie, Legislative Assistant claire_brandewie@scott.senate.gov 202-224-6121 Will Holloway Deputy Legislative Assistant will_holloway@scott.senate.gov 202-224-6121 What to say: "Hi, my name is Debbie Mckelvey and I'm a constituent from (City and Zip). I'm calling to ask the Senator to oppose any health care bill that would cause millions [...]

The value of immunizations for infants can’t be overstated

2017-12-04T19:35:19-05:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: Homepage Featured Post, News|

Immunizations save lives. There is no denying it: Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases. Just consider some of the milestones shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age 2. In the 1950s, nearly every child developed measles and, unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease. Many physicians today have never seen a case of the measles. Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes. It also saves about $13.5 billion in direct costs. The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels. The importance of immunizations Immunizations play a valuable role in protecting the health of not only our children, [...]

Gov. McMaster Proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in South Carolina

2017-10-11T18:58:51-04:00April 11th, 2017|Categories: Legislative Updates|Tags: |

Citing child abuse and neglect as the state’s most serious public health problem in the state, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster issued an official proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The proclamation cites the importance of prevention programs in communities across South Carolina that give families the knowledge and resources to learn, grow and thrive while providing safe, caring environments for children. Gov. McMaster encourages all South Carolinians to work together to protect the safety and well-being of children in the Palmetto State.

How Communities are Preventing Trauma

2017-10-11T18:46:41-04:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: Legislative Updates|Tags: |

The new Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience report outlines specific framework and strategies for building resilience in areas highly affected by trauma in an effort to improve community health and safety. The report from the Prevention Institute outlines specific examples from cities across the country, such as reducing violence and promoting community resilience in Milwaukee, creating prevention training materials in Oakland, and reducing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide in communities of color in Tacoma and San Diego. Children's Trust also has developed a South Carolina prevention framework around its Adverse Childhood Experiences Initiative, which seeks a shared understanding of how the impact of traumatic events in the lives of children could lead to the prevention of poor health and social outcomes as adults. The statewide ACE Initiative involves training, collecting and disseminating data, promoting sound legislative policy and building a prevention planning framework. Dr. Deborah Daro, a child abuse prevention expert based at Chapin Hall at [...]

Child Trends

2017-09-29T12:26:30-04:00July 28th, 2016|Categories: News|

Education Issue Measuring what matters for child well-being Summer 2016 High School Graduation / Good News/Bad News Life Preparation / Ready for College/Career? Civil Rights in the Nation’s Schools / New Topics in Data Collection The New Education Legislation / New Directions for Accountability? School Climate / Taking the Temperature High School Graduation: Good News/Bad News As we congratulate a new crop of high school graduates and support them in moving forward into college and careers, there are indicators to celebrate, but also troubling warning signals on our dashboard of national education. Read more Life Preparation: Ready for College/Career? Read More

Health + Education= Learning

2017-09-29T12:36:15-04:00January 28th, 2016|Categories: News|

Hungry Children in Rich America Today, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio released a new report with an urgent call to action on Early Childhood Hunger. There is no excuse for any child to go hungry in our country, and this brief, The Early Childhood Hunger Imperative finds thousands of Ohio’s youngest children are being stunted by hunger every day. Can you imagine your 6-year-old digging through the trash at school to find food for his 3-year-old younger sister? That is exactly what CDF-Ohio discovered and unfortunately there are numerous children just like them. Please read and share this important new report and demand that political leaders at all levels do something about it. Here are a few of the key findings from the brief. Food Insecurity in young children increases the odds of negative health outcomes: Nearly two times more likely to be in “fair or poor health;” Two times as likely to have behavioral problems; [...]

50 Percent of Kids have Diagnosable Mental Illness – 8 Percent Get Treatment

2017-10-12T17:15:26-04:00January 7th, 2016|Categories: News|

Researchers at the Child Mind Institute say 50 percent of U.S. children will have a diagnosable mental illness, but less than 8 percent will get treatment in any given year.There is a cavernous gap between the number of children struggling with mental health conditions and the number who actually get help. That’s one of the conclusions of the Children’s Health Report released recently by the Child Mind Institute.The report states that nearly 50 percent of youth in the United States will have had a diagnosable mental illness at some point during childhood. Of those diagnosed, 22 percent will have a serious impairment. The problem is that not only are these kids not getting care now, they’re not getting care tomorrow, or in five years.Yet, only 7.4 percent of those kids will go to a mental health visit in a year. In other words, many children need help, but they’re not getting it. “The word [...]

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

2017-09-29T12:52:50-04:00January 7th, 2016|Categories: News|

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life. Examples of ACEs include abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, bullying, discrimination and homelessness. There is a relationship between traumatic experiences as a child and negative health and well-being outcomes as an adult. The childhood experience of, or exposure to, ACEs can increase the adult risk of substance use and abuse, depression, unintended pregnancies, obesity, heart disease and missed work days. For children, recurrent experience of or exposure to ACEs can also significantly impact the brain development. The ground-breaking Adverse Childhood Experiences Study originally linked childhood trauma to adult health and social outcomes. The ACE Study is an ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California. Under the leadership of Drs. Robert Anda and Vincent Felitti, more than 17,000 Kaiser patients volunteered to participate and data continues to be collected [...]