El Dorado County is a great place to live. We have beautiful scenery: rivers, lakes, snow-capped mountain; incredible school systems that meet the needs of the vast majority of our community’s children; we have many and varied opportunities for recreation for the young and old alike; El Dorado County can be a great place to live – unless you are a child that suffers from neglect or abuse. While we would like to believe that is not a problem in our community, it is. To believe otherwise is to ignore our strength and capacity to at reduce, if not eliminate, this problem.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.
This week, the Child Abuse Prevention Council would like to share the incredible work that is being carried out every day by non-governmental organizations in our community that help to prevent, intervene and treat family situations that may result in child abuse.
- Non-profit agencies such as CASA El Dorado, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and Hands for Hope offer mentoring and advocacy programs for at-risk youth.
- After school programs are offer by The Boys and Girls Club, the County Office of Education, offers after school programs;
- Live Violence Free, New Morning Youth & Family Services, The Infant Parent Center, Tahoe Turning Point, The Center, Sierra Child & Family Services, and Summitview Child & Family Services provide groups, child and/or family counseling;
- Tahoe Youth & Family Services and New Morning Youth & Family Services, offer shelter for runaway, homeless and in-crisis youth.
- Parenting Education is offered Tahoe Turning Point, Live Violence Free, New Morning Youth & Family Services, and the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center
In addition, there are an incredible number of opportunities for young people to participate in non-academic growth opportunities including community sports and recreational programs, boy and girl scouts, school sports, programs through the faith community, etc.
David Ashby El Dorado County Child Abuse Prevention Council