Utah 211 launches parent resource webpage – St George News

For illustrative purposes only, the Utah Division of Child and Family Services has collaborated with the United Way, Utah 211, and Help Me Grow Utah programs to create the new 211 Strengthening Families | Photo courtesy of health.utah.gov, St. George News

ST. GEORGE- In an effort to highlight the services available to help families thrive in Utah, the Division of Child and Family Services has partnered with United Way, Utah 211, and Help Me Grow Utah programs to create the new 211 Strengthening Families webpage.

The online resource is partnered with the state’s Strengthening Families Toolkit as an easy guide for parents who may feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for children.

“This webpage provides a variety of references to meet everything from basic needs to specialized information to support families,” said Sandra Carpio, Executive Director of Utah 211. “We are pleased to provide this as a resource. for parents and caregivers in our community.”

The page is structured according to the protective factors framework, which identifies five key strengths – parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, practical supports, and social and emotional competence. children – who can also help families through difficult situations. to guide community efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Data from the DCFS 2021 Annual Report:

      • 9,062 Utah children experienced child abuse and neglect in fiscal year 2021.

      • Of confirmed allegations involving a parent, 55% were related to some form of neglect.

“When we truly care about the safety and well-being of children, we must also care about the safety and well-being of the adults in those children’s lives;” says Diane Moore, Director of DCFS. “That’s why I love the focus on strengthening families in April. When parents thrive in our communities and have what they need to lead healthy, productive and economically stable, child safety is almost always ensured simultaneously.We want to do more in Utah than just prevent abuse and neglect.

Services available include family support centers, support groups, mental health or addictions treatment, parent education classes, and help with housing, finances, and employment. Parents and families who need help are encouraged to visit the site or call Utah 211 directly for help locating services in their community.

“We want to step away from that crisis line by supporting each other as communities and neighbors to ensure that every family has the resources and support they need to truly succeed,” Moore said. “That’s the Utah way. Every child and every individual matters.

Click here to access the webpage. To join the Utah 211 online database or list additional resources, community service providers can contact Utah 211 here.

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