Crow Wing County was recognized as a Blue Ribbon County by Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota. Crow Wing County was one of 13 counties to receive the award.
The county was commended for the continued efforts of the county's Child Protection Team to support families, create community awareness and undertanding of child protection issues. Efforts include a first night in care backpack program that provides a care package of personal effects for children such as shampoo, toothbrush and other essentials.
Other efforts include: training for understanding poverty and reactive attachment disorder for foster parents and youth workers; together time packets for families, intergenerational dances; summer program for families and children; Safety Town's educational program, yellow ribbon campaign directed at teen suicide prevention; car seat safety seminars through the Child Abuse Prevention Council; ParentWorks intensive parent group therapy, Brainerd Circle of Parents chapter; education and outreach to residents through the Radiothon to End Child Abuse and booths at the commerce and industry show.
The radioton raised $74,682 last year.
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