If you haven’t already, you will soon be seeing Blue Kids in lawns, on posters and in store windows throughout Lake County Illinois. The Blue Kids is a community education effort to raise awareness and combat child abuse. The Blue Kids pop up in April because April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983.
What is child abuse?
In its simplest form, child abuse is the physical or mental maltreatment or sexual molestation of a child.
Maltreatment includes neglect of a child which encompasses failing to provide food, clothing and care.
In 2015, the most recent year that data is available, nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States annually. An estimated 683,000 children (unique incidents) were victims of abuse and neglect in 2015.
Neglect is the most common form of maltreatment. Of the children who experienced maltreatment or abuse, three-quarters suffered neglect; 17.2% suffered physical abuse; and 8.4% suffered sexual abuse. (Some children are polyvictimized—they have suffered more than one form of maltreatment.)
About four out of five abusers are the victims’ parents. A parent of the child victim was the perpetrator in 78.1% of substantiated cases of child maltreatment.
According to Lake County Undersheriff Ray Rose said one of the most important ways to address child abuse is to realize and address its causes, which he said include domestic violence, mental health issues and alcohol and drug abuse.
- Compassionate service advocacy and case management
- Parent support and education
- Referrals for health care
- Referrals for domestic violence counseling
- Referrals to other local social service agencies and townships for financial and basic needs assistance
- Family counseling
- Referrals to other Nicasa services including substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, and anger management
Please visit our page for more information about the programs Nicasa offers to help build strong and healthy families in Northern Lake County, Illinois.
Nicasa’s Mission and Vision
Mission: Nicasa empowers and promotes healthy lifestyles to prevent and treat substance abuse, addiction, and other risky behaviors.
Vision: Nicasa will be the premier behavioral and social health services organization for individuals, families, and communities in northern Illinois and beyond.