As a 2019 Slug Queen Contestant we are asked to have a platform, something we believe in, a cause we can promote during our reign as Eugene's Slug Queen.
Slimella Bella supports 90 by 30; reducing child abuse 90% by 2030.
Child abuse and neglect can be reduced by changing key things that contribute to it: isolation, stress, and uncertainty about how we as individuals and communities can help.
Lane County’s prevention effort is tackling all those things. What makes it different from previous efforts?
1. It relies on locally-made, community based solutions
Each of seven regions in Lane County has created its own prevention plan tailored to the specific needs of its community. Residents are invested in the plan and care about making it work because they were involved from Day One.
2. It empowers everyone to take action.
The key message of K(no)w More is that every individual and group has a part to play in reducing child abuse. By identifying simple actions that everyone can take, Lane County’s prevention effort r includes and reaches beyond nonprofits and state agencies and encourages all community members to participate.
3. It increases support for families.
Each region’s prevention plan is centered on the five protective factors from The Center for Social Policy’s Strengthening Families that research has shown are needed to help parents and children thrive.
Families and children are strengthened when:
Parents are strong in the face of stress. Parental resilience is all about bouncing back from tough situations and taking care of yourself when you need it. It’s managing stress and functioning well when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma.
What can you do to support parental resilience?
Support parents as decision-makers and help build decision-making and leadership skills
Help parents understand how to buffer their child during stressful times
What does a socially connected parent look like?
They feel respected and appreciated
They accept help from others, and give help to others
Parents have information on parenting skills and child development. Knowledge of parenting and child development helps you know what to expect as your child grows, gives you strategies to solve parenting problems, and helps you respond to your child in a positive way. Understanding these things supports your child’s physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
What can you do to encourage knowledge of parenting and child development?
Model developmentally appropriate interactions with children
Provide information and resources on parenting and child development
Encourage parents to observe, ask questions, explore parenting issues and try out new strategies
Essential needs are met. Concrete supports like housing, food, and medical care are the things that every parent and child needs to be successful. Knowing where to turn when these resources are scarce can help families through hard times. When a family’s needs are met, parents are better able to minimize stress caused by challenges.
What can you do to to ensure concrete supports are in place?
Respond immediately when families are in crisis
Provide information and connections to services in the community
Children know how to manage their emotions and social interactions. When parents know how to help their kids grow in social and emotional competence, kids are happier and healthier, and parents can respond positively and warmly to situations. Children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions and establish and maintain relationships.
What can you do to foster social and emotional competence?
Help children develop a positive cultural identity and interact in a diverse society
Respond proactively when social or emotional development needs extra support
Model nurturing care to children