KC STAR Letter to the Editor
Sunday – April 3, 2016
Many community leaders and organizations that serve children across Johnson County, the Kansas City area and our nation will join forces this month to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Abuse knows no geographic or socioeconomic boundaries. It can happen to anyone. However, children who live in families challenged by poverty are at greater risk of experiencing abuse and neglect, development and learning delays, future incarceration, and poorer physical and mental health outcomes. In 2014, 37,000 people were living in poverty in Johnson County, and more than 12,000 of those were children. As an organization, Growing Futures works to provide children in poverty with high-quality early learning opportunities and to provide its families with access to comprehensive family-support services that can ameliorate the many risk factors associated with living in poverty. As a Head Start program serving Johnson County families since 1965, Growing Futures is proud to join the many voices in our region that take April to recognize that we all have a part to play in preventing child abuse. Let’s keep our children healthy and safe so they have the opportunity for success in school and in life.