Slimella Bella's Platform, 90 by 30

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K(no)w More calls on each of us to play a role in supporting families and kids.
It is 90by30’s mechanism to engage community members to keep children safe, healthy and nurtured in Lane County.


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.



Parental Resilience PNG.pngFamilies 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

Social Connections PNG.pngFriends and family are supportive. Social connections make any parent feel less alone and give us a network to rely on. Strong relationships help parents feel confident, empowered, and able to reach out for help. These positive connections provide emotional, informational, instrumental and spiritual support.

What does a socially connected parent look like?

  • They feel respected and appreciated

  • They accept help from others, and give help to others

Knowledge PNG copy.png 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

    2017 Concrete Supports 2.png  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

 Emotional Competence PNG copy.png    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

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