Doesn’t every child deserve a bright future?Every parent wants to be a good parent. But not every parent has the resources or support to turn those intentions into a reality.
Each year in the Sioux Empire, over 4,000 cases of potential child abuse and neglect are reported and more than 400 of those cases are substantiated.
What is the Sioux Empire United Way doing to address this issue?The goal of the Bright Start Nurse Home Visitation Program is to reduce child abuse and neglect. This program was started in 2000 and is a partnership between the SD Department of Health, Children’s Inn and United Way. The program also partners with the medical community to identify and refer families to this very important program. An additional incentive program is included in Bright Start, encouraging the mothers to set and meet goals such as obtain their GED, become employed, and quit smoking.
What does this mean for the community?Research shows that for every dollar invested into prevention the return is at least four dollars. This one to four return is a result of decreased emergency room use (many families use the ER as their main healthcare provider), a reduction in crime rates, fewer arrests, fewer unintended subsequent pregnancies and a reduction in use of welfare and food stamps.
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