The CSC facilitates and supports several community building efforts, all focused on “moving the needle” to reduce child abuse in our county. More specifically, our efforts are designed to identify the gaps in services and promote collaboration to meet the community’s needs.
Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness
1. As the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) for Siskiyou County, the CSC coordinates and promotes advocacy and education with community leaders and others. Specific activities include outreach and promotion of “Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness” month each April, and this year CSC hosted it’s first Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Booth at the Siskiyou Golden Fair. Over 1400 “Pinwheels for Prevention” were handed out during the five day event. CSC is an active member of the Far Northern Region Child Abuse Prevention Council.
2. CSC staff members are certified Stewards of Children facilitators and promote and present the child sexual abuse prevention training to various groups throughout the county free of charge.
Human Trafficking Prevention
CSC was a charter member and continues to provide support to the Siskiyou Anti-Trafficking Coalition (SATCo), comprised of representatives of numerous government and private organizations concerned about the growing problem of human trafficking in Northern California. SATCo’s mission is to educate the public, initiate prevention efforts and develop strategies to increase services for victims. .
Through a partnership with United Way of Northern California, CSC is working to bring Siskiyou Connect, a 2-1-1 like, information and referral system, accessible via phone, text and web, to the residents of Siskiyou County. This system will enable community members to access information on social services available locally, including utility assistance, mental health, alcohol and drug treatment, affordable child care, legal services, as well as food, clothing and transportation assistance. When contacting the free service through phone or text, residents will connect with a live person, 24/7/365, who is trained to provide confidential assistance. Siskiyou Connect also has the ability to provide real-time disaster and public safety information during community emergencies, such as wildfires.
Poverty Awareness Initiatives
With poverty recognized as one of the root causes of child abuse and neglect, CSC has formed a coalition of local leaders concerned with and dealing with the complications of poverty for local families, particularly those with young children. The CSC was recently accepted in to the National Association of Counties’ Rural Impact Community Challenge to focus on improving the lives of children living in poverty.
Special Activities Related to Root Causes of Child Abuse
Behavioral Health Task Group (BHTG):
CSC is the fiscal/administrative agent for the BHTG, a subcommittee of the Siskiyou Healthcare Collaborative. The BHTG is working towards better integration of mental health services and primary care services. The BHTG is primarily funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation.
Siskiyou Against RX Abuse (SARA):
CSC is the fiscal agent for a California Department of Public Health grant to SARA, a subcommittee of the Siskiyou Healthcare Collaborative. SARA's efforts are focused on reducing opioid abuse in our community by working with providers, law enforcement and community members.