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“I Worry About the Kids!” The rate of child abuse in Lincoln County Oregon is Double!

 

Neglected Children Child abuse troubling in Lincoln County by Updated 

“If a child is brought into a world of poverty, homelessness, drugs and alcohol, then that child is in a very risky place. The rate of child abuse in Lincoln County is more than twice that of the rest of Oregon, says child advocate Ron Davidson, and the problem is made even more severe because of a profound lack of services for children in this county.”  click the highlighted text above for the full article…


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Kids learning and socializing in a healthy setting…

Following is an excerpt from my new paperback edition and workbook, “I Worry About the Kids!”  Publication anticipated in April 2016…

“My heart aches with sadness when thinking and worrying about children who are caught in the middle of the dangerous and chaotic world of abuse, including post-traumatic stress (PTS.)  Even unborn babies can be damaged from post-trauma family dynamics. To be sure, we have lots of work to do as parents, teachers, and mentors to help younger children get past the environmental factors created by adult behaviors connected with PTS symptoms.   Our children should not have to take all this emotional baggage with them into adulthood. We can do better as parents and as a community of families. We understand the contributing factors and consequences well enough these days to stop the stigma, denial, and listen to ourselves, have conversations with loved ones and mental health professionals; then take actions to change the home environment for children and families from chaos and fear to love and security.  It is up to families to create and safe and secure home for children. Home is where PTS takes root, and home is where it will end. Can’t we do more? Yes, we can do more! Follow me on this journey through the rest of this workbook, and find the awareness and solutions that best fit your family circumstances. Do this with deep love for the children in our lives and the future of America.”

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1&2 Click highlighted text for my author page and to order books and other stuff…

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Neighbors for Kids and Kids Zone Presents “BeatlesFest” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City Oregon, Saturday Nov7th…Doors Open 630pm…

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Neighbors for Kids 3rd Annual Music and Fund Raising Event “BeatlesFest” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, Oregon Saturday November 7th

Neighbors for Kids, “BeatlesFest” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center  Quote from this link…

Take some great songs and make them better at the Kids Zone BeatlesFest

 

Story & photos by Patrick Alexander

Oregon Coast TODAY

Let it be known that the sounds of the Beatles will fill the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, Nov. 7, as Neighbors for Kids holds a fund-raising music festival honoring the Fab Four.

All you need is love in your heart, a spring in your step and $15 in your pocket to enjoy BeatlesFest, an evening packed with classic hits, great food and gourmet whisky tasting.

All proceeds go toward the group’s Kids Zone education enrichment program in Depoe Bay, where dedicated staff put in a hard day’s night eight days a week, providing supplemental art, music, math and science activities for kids of all income levels.

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I could not be more proud of the work of Neighbors for Kids and our signature “Kids Zone” after-school program.  My 6 years serving on the NFK Board has been a heartfelt and personally rewarding experience to watch us grow and make a huge difference for the children and families of greater Depoe Bay and Lincoln County Oregon.

For a non-profit business enterprise, we must become great at fund raising along with value added program development.  Otherwise, we would be unable to sustain the operations expenses connected with providing excellent programming by retaining professional staff and the many volunteers who help us each and every day of the year.  The diversified funding from grant makers, individual donations, and fund raising events, like the upcoming BeatlesFest, including the tireless work of board members, staff, and volunteers is the “magic sauce” of our continued success.  We are kindred spirits with a common goal and passion to provide children in our community the very best in education, mentoring, and a healthy life style.

Thank you for your continued support!  Join us on November 7th at the Lincoln City Cultural Center for a fun evening for a great cause, Kids Zone…  Order your tickets to BeatlesFest from our website highlighted below, or just show up for the event.

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, and Child Advocate…

Vice Chair, Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon

Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1&2…  Click the highlighted text for my author page…

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Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Child Advocate

 

Kennedy Forum Mental Health “Call to Action!” “Equity in Mental Health Care.”

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Feb 09, 2015 by The Kennedy Forum On Tuesday, February 3, Patrick J. Kennedy and Dr. David Satcher announced the formation of the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research, released new polling data on how Americans see the issue today, and issued a call to action. Learn more…

 

Kennedy Forum Mental Health “Call to Action” Webcast…  click on this attention getting video clip for an update on this most important initiative!

The Center will focus attention on a few key areas, including:

  • Quality, with a focus on provider accountability, outcomes, and the need to set clear and achievable standards that all providers can adopt and use.

  • Innovation, with a focus on cutting-edge technology, ongoing research, and leveraging the promise of big data.

  • Equity, with a redoubling of efforts to end disparities, fully implement parity, and support justice system reforms.

  • Integration, with an emphasis on caring for the whole person, and ensuring that all Americans can get a “checkup from the neck up.”

The announcement of the Center comes as 71% of Americans are calling for “significant “ or “radical” changes in the way mental health and addiction are treated. In addition, a majority of survey respondents highlighted two key areas of focus for reform: “Improving quality of care for people with mental health conditions” and “making sure people with mental health conditions have access to the care they need regardless of where they live, their ethnicity, or their background.”

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I am happy to share that we have our own “call to action” in the State of Oregon with the key legislative initiative, (click on this highlighted link) “Mental Health: Can’t we do better?”  At my local level, the Depoe Bay, Oregon City Council included mental health as a new business item in the agenda on February 3rd, which included input from the community and highly supportive discussion by the council.  As city councilor, I have been tasked to follow through with a grass roots local work group to start the conversation and begin developing ideas and solutions to improve access to mental health first aid and overall care.

Our first “grass roots” local work group meeting is scheduled for Monday February 16, 2014.  I am planning to keep the community posted on our progress in working with local, county, and state resources in meeting mental health care goals and spirit of a national “call to action.”  Teamwork and community collaboration are key to our success!

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1…  Click the highlighted text for my author page…