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Message ID: 8200
Date: 2009-07-13

Author:Walter Fahr

Subject:Re: Working with Young Males in Probation to Prevent Child Abuse

Scott,



In the mid 90's in Louisiana we noticed a similar trend in Louisiana, where we had male caretakers( 18-30), providing child care-giving to children under age 1, who were unprepared to provide such care. The result was a number of child fatalities involving both abuse and neglect. Our response was to develop radio PSAs that directly targeted this group of caregivers and to remind the parents to entrust the care of their children with someone who is prepared to handle the care of vulnerable children.



Unfortunately, I think this is a trend that is probably increasing with higher levels of unemployment.



Walter



Walter G. Fahr, LCSW

Program Manager-Child Protective Services

Office of Community Services

State of Louisiana

(225)342-6832

fax (225)342-9087

wfahr@dss.state.la.us



>>> "Scott Bates" 7/10/2009 5:02 PM >>>

Hello All-



I sit on the Child Abuse subcommittee of the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention group and we have noticed a trend over the years of young male caretakers with little or no experience caring for infants perpetrating child abuse (via shaking or throwing of the child) when frustrated with crying children. This often leads to death or irreparable damage. One county in Colorado has already experienced 16 deaths this year of children in this situation.



Even though this phenomenon has been known for some time, we have been at a loss about how best to reach these young males who are often not attending school.



So, we have recently teamed up with juvenile probation folks to reach this population and to make caretaking training a part of their successful completion of probation - whether or not they have children of their own.



By the way, we already did some digging in the data to see if there was a correlation between perpetrators of child abuse resulting in fatality and males involved in the probation system and found that we didn't have enough to analyze.



I am wondering if any of you folks have tried a similar approach in your area and/or if you have perspectives about working with this population that may help to inform our project. We are only in the nascent stages, so your opinions can really help to guide us!



Thanks - and thanks for years of wonderful discussion and feedback!



Scott Bates, MSW

Director

Colorado Children's Trust Fund

Family Resource Centers

Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment











Scott,



In the mid 90's in Louisiana we noticed a similar trend in Louisiana, where we had male caretakers( 18-30), providing child care-giving to children under age 1, who were unprepared to provide such care. The result was a number of child fatalities involving both abuse and neglect. Our response was to develop radio PSAs that directly targeted this group of caregivers and to remind the parents to entrust the care of their children with someone who is prepared to handle the care of vulnerable children.



Unfortunately, I think this is a trend that is probably increasing with higher levels of unemployment.



Walter



Walter G. Fahr, LCSW

Program Manager-Child Protective Services

Office of Community Services

State of Louisiana

(225)342-6832

fax (225)342-9087

wfahrdss.state.la.us



>>> "Scott Bates" 7/10/2009 5:02 PM >>>

Hello All-



I sit on the Child Abuse subcommittee of the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention group and we have noticed a trend over the years of young male caretakers with little or no experience caring for infants perpetrating child abuse (via shaking or throwing of the child) when frustrated with crying children. This often leads to death or irreparable damage. One county in Colorado has already experienced 16 deaths this year of children in this situation.



Even though this phenomenon has been known for some time, we have been at a loss about how best to reach these young males who are often not attending school.



So, we have recently teamed up with juvenile probation folks to reach this population and to make caretaking training a part of their successful completion of probation - whether or not they have children of their own.



By the way, we already did some digging in the data to see if there was a correlation between perpetrators of child abuse resulting in fatality and males involved in the probation system and found that we didn't have enough to analyze.



I am wondering if any of you folks have tried a similar approach in your area and/or if you have perspectives about working with this population that may help to inform our project. We are only in the nascent stages, so your opinions can really help to guide us!



Thanks - and thanks for years of wonderful discussion and feedback!



Scott Bates, MSW

Director

Colorado Children's Trust Fund

Family Resource Centers

Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment