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Lane County. Department of Children and Families (DCF). Contact Information. Serafina Clarke 682-3020 [email protected] Diana Avery 682-6731 [email protected] Warm-up Activity. If you are a parent or know a parent, what was or is one of the hardest things about it?

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lane county

Lane County

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

contact information
Contact Information

Serafina Clarke 682-3020

[email protected]

Diana Avery 682-6731

[email protected]

warm up activity
Warm-up Activity

If you are a parent or know a parent, what was or is one of the hardest things about it?

Is there one thing that you can think of that would have made or would make a positive difference?

who are we
Who Are We?

Commission on Children and Families:

21 Member volunteer board: three youth, eighteen additional members, majority lay

Department of Children and Families:

6 staff plus an AmeriCorps OSSC service member

Broad Focus: Children 0-18 and their families

Joint Priorities: prevention, collaboration, mobilizing our community in support of our children, youth and families

sample of 2009 highlights
Sample of 2009 Highlights

Collaborative Efforts:

  • Increased quality infant/toddler child care around Lane County: 95 full-time slots since January 2008
  • Helped increase the number of FREE summer lunches by 10% to 140,273 meals for children & youth ages 2-18, and supported a new parent pilot program
  • Created new Peer-to-Peer mentoring program for youth with mental health issues: now serving 20 youth
  • Child care in the Courthouse (downtown Eugene) provided a safe place for 330+ children three mornings a week since February 2008
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Lane County Department of Children and Families 2009-2011

AdministrationDivision

Community MobilizationDivision

Prevention Practices Division

department divisions
Department & Divisions

Overall Department

  • Connect, energize, and mobilize the community promoting the health and well being of all Lane County residents through prevention

Administration Division

  • Efficient & effective operations
department divisions1
Department & Divisions

Prevention Practices Division

  • Fund effective research-based and innovative prevention programs in the community

Community Mobilization Division

  • Build and support community collaborations, service integration, develop resources and engage community in supports for our children, youth and families
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Lane County Department of Children and Families 2009-11

Administration

Division

Prevention PracticesDivision

Community MobilizationDivision

Service Efficiencies Accountability

CASA

Leveraging Resources

HealthyStart

Inclusive Strategic Planning

Child Care

Networking,

Education, Training

Family Resource Centers

Advocacy &

Public

Awareness

Family Support and Connection

Relief Nurseries

value of prevention
Value of Prevention
  • Parent-child centers, similar to Lane County’s school-based Family Resource Centers, have been shown to “cut crime, welfare and others costs so much that they saved more than $7 for every $1 invested.”
  • Home-visiting programs, like our local Healthy Start, save taxpayers $4 for each $1 invested
community mobilization
Community Mobilization

In 1999, the Oregon Legislative Assembly charged Commissions on Children and Families in every county to create more caring communities through community mobilization. They defined community mobilization as: “…government and private efforts to increase community awareness and facilitate the active participation of citizens and organizations in projects and issues that will have positive impact on the well being of children, families, and communities.”

strategies
Strategies

In order to build awareness of and support for prevention strategies which build a healthy community, we:

  • Enhance service effectiveness, efficiency and accountability through community collaborations;
  • Leverage public and private resources to invest in prevention programs;
  • Advocate for and increase public awareness of issues and solutions affecting our children, youth and families;
  • Facilitate inclusive community planning, collaboration and decision-making; and,
  • Provide training, education and networking.
sb 555
SB 555
  • 1999 mandate from Oregon State Legislature
  • Comprehensive planning process for services to children, youth and families
  • County-wide participation by all 36 counties
  • Phases I, II and III complete
  • Now Phase IV:
    • Six year timeframe beginning January 2008
    • Each county has identified 2-5 local focus issues to work on collaboratively
why narrow the range of priorities
Why narrow the range of priorities?
  • Many needs, fewer resources
  • Concentrating resources on priority issues will allow for greater impact
  • Seeking areas that will benefit from collaborative efforts
local process
Local process
  • Data collection
  • Community telephone survey
  • Focus areas from plans and planning staff
  • Community meetings
  • Agency provider meetings
  • Plan development
  • Approval by Commission on Children & Families and Board of County Commissioners
2007 telephone survey results what did the community think
2007 Telephone Survey Results:What did the community think?
  • Children’s Health and Welfare – 90% considered 4 issues “very important”
    • Abused children (97%)
    • Hungry children (94%)
    • Health care (91%)
    • Children in poverty (90%)
2007 survey results what did the community think
2007 Survey Results:What did the community think?
  • Children’s Education
    • Children being ready for kindergarten – 56% rated “very important”
    • High school dropping out – 84% “very important”
2007 survey results what did the community think1
2007 Survey Results:What did the community think?
  • Social issues – 90% rates “very important”
    • School violence
    • Teenage drug use
    • Juvenile crime
what does the data tell us
What Does the Data Tell Us?

Mental Health Services for Children

Number of Homeless Oregonians per 10,000 on Any Given Night

what does the data tell us1
What Does the Data Tell Us?

Substance Abuse Prevention Services

Percent Reporting Use of Tobacco During Pregnancy

what does the data tell us substance abuse treatment
What Does the Data Tell Us?Substance Abuse Treatment

Percent of 11th Grade Students Reporting Binge Drinking in Past 30 Days

what does the data tell us2
What Does the Data Tell Us?

Rate of Unduplicated Victims of Child Abuse

per 10,000 Children (17 and Younger)

Early Childhood

what does the data tell us3
What Does the Data Tell Us?

High Risk Juvenile Crime Prevention and Young Offenders

Juvenile Arrests for Serious Drug Crimes per 10,000 Juveniles (Age 10-17)

what does the data tell us4
What Does the Data Tell Us?

Percent of Babies Whose Mothers Received Prenatal Care

Beginning in the First Trimester

Public Health

today s mock planning process
Today’s Mock Planning Process
  • What do you think is important?
top three priorities for lane county
Top Three Priorities for Lane County:
  • Reduce Child Maltreatment by Increasing Home Visiting
  • Increase Quality Child Care for Infants and Toddlers
  • Transitional services for young adults ages 16 - 24 with psychiatric impairments
sample of 2009 highlights1
Sample of 2009 Highlights

Collaborative Efforts:

  • Increased quality infant/toddler child care around Lane County: 95 full-time slots since January 2008
  • Helped increase the number of FREE summer lunches by 10% to 140,273 meals for children & youth ages 2-18, and supported a new parent pilot program
  • Created new Peer-to-Peer mentoring program for youth with mental health issues: now serving 20 youth
  • Child care in the Courthouse (downtown Eugene) provided a safe place for 330+ children three mornings a week since February 2008
questions
Questions?

Serafina Clarke 682-3020

[email protected]

Diana Avery 682-6731

[email protected]

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