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Children’s Network

Go purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Oct. 12

Children’s Network of San Bernardino County wants you to take a stand against domestic violence.  Participate in #SBCWEARSPURPLE social media campaign by taking a selfie wearing purple on Oct. 12, 2017, and posting it with the hash tag #SBCWEARSPURPLE.

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.  One in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Five million children witness domestic violence each year in the United States. On a typical day, there are over 20,000 calls received by domestic violence hotlines, and approximately 15 calls a minute. Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten.

Forty percent of California women experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In a single day, domestic violence shelters serve about 5,800 women and children.

Children from homes with violence are much more likely to experience significant psychological problems short- and long-term.  Those who grew up with domestic violence are six times more likely to commit suicide and 50 percent more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.

For a list of domestic violence shelters in San Bernardino County visit http://www.sbcountyda.org/HelpingVictims/DomesticViolenceShelters.aspx.

Registration now open for Children’s Network Conference

Ron Powell

The 31st Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 20 to 21 at the Ontario Convention Center. This conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing and is open to the public. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN. The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children.

“The 48 workshops at this year’s Children’s Network Conference will highlight topics including early childhood development, child and family welfare, issues affecting teens, education/self help, father involvement, domestic minor human trafficking, youth suicide prevention, and Trauma Informed Early Intervention,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer.

Tim Burns

The Sept. 20 keynote speaker, Ron Powell, Ph.D. has over 40 years of experience in public education as a special education teacher, consultant, administrator, and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Riverside. As an author, speaker, and expert in the administration of school-based mental health services, Powell has been instrumental in the development of exemplary programs for at-risk youth. The Sept. 21 keynote speaker, Tim Burns, is an educator and author whose background includes 40 years as a high school teacher, counselor, First Offender Program facilitator, adolescent and family drug-treatment program director, and university instructor.

Watch the Video: https://youtu.be/CDY3ir-JKi8

#SBCMentorChallenge to recruit mentors for county’s youth

mentor-challengeSan Bernardino County Children’s Network is hoping to begin 2017 with a few hundred new mentors for San Bernardino County youth.

Once one is approved to be a mentor, they will have a chance to be a consistent and positive adult presence in a young person’s life, provide advice, share life experiences, and help a young person face challenges. In honor of National Mentoring Month, San Bernardino County Mentoring Task Force is seeking to recruit 200 mentors for San Bernardino County youth.

Children’s Network is also launching the #SBCMentorChallenge social media campaign to recruit prospective mentors and create awareness about the need for mentors of San Bernardino County youth. Community members are encouraged to participate in the #SBCMentorChallenge campaign which will highlight the importance of mentors.

Community members are encouraged to record videos on their smartphones or tablets in which they share their own inspiring experiences as mentors or mentees. If one has not been a mentor or a mentee, one can make a video sharing why they hope to become a mentor to a San Bernardino County youth. At the end of each video, posters should then “tag” three friends, colleagues, or community partners on social media and challenge them or those in the agency to become youth mentors and record their own inspiring mentor/mentee videos. All videos should be posted on social media with the hashtag:  #SBCMentorChallenge

“We are looking forward to what this campaign will bring for youth,” said Doreen Ivery, Children’s Network’s Mentoring Resource Coordinator. “We also look forward to community leaders being a part of this campaign and challenging others to participate in this challenge to recruit mentors.”

Those interested in becoming a mentor are encouraged to contact Ivery at  909 383-9677 or divery@hss.sbcounty.gov Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

#SBCMentorChallenge Video: https://youtu.be/IKNg7Afsud0

Registration now open for Children’s Network Conference

Father Gregory Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle

A Jesuit priest who founded the world’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program will share his message of hope at the upcoming Children’s Network Conference. Father Gregory Boyle, an authority on gangs and intervention and the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the September 23 and 24 conference at the Ontario Convention Center. Now in its 29th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing.  Sessions include:

  • The Status of Homeless Youth in San Bernardino County
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Stress Reduction Practices for Children and Teens
  • Working with LGBTQ Youth
  • Supporting the Mental Health of Our Children
  • Early Childhood Development and the Screen-Time Dilemma
  • Helping Children and Teens Through Loss
  • Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
  • Strengthening and Supporting Father Involvement in Our Communities
  • Self-Empowerment
  • And many more…

For more information and to register, visit  http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.

Register now for the September Children’s Network Conference

cn_logoRegistration is open for the Sept. 24 and 25 Children’s Network Conference.
Now in its 28th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine, and nursing. The 54 workshops will highlight topic including autism, bullying, father involvement, domestic minor sex trafficking, school safety, internet safety, and youth suicide prevention.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED) and Jennifer Rodriguez, a former Foster Youth and Executive Director of the Youth Law Center (YLC) will be the keynote speakers. Workshop and registration information can be found on the Children’s Network website http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN

If you have any questions, please contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677.

Deputy public defender recognized for her work with children

imageDeputy Public Defender Sandra “Sandy” Wingfield from the Central Juvenile Unit received an award for her tireless work representing children at the 16th Annual “Shine A Light On Child Abuse” Awards Breakfast.

Numerous individuals from many county departments such as Children and Family Services, and Department of Behavioral Health, and individuals from the community and private sectors were also honored.

Sandy is a respected fixture in the Juvenile Court community. She helps find housing for the children who are aging out of juvenile services and have no place to live. She locates services in the community for minors with special needs. She is instrumental in finding mental health care, counseling, medication, and available drug rehabilitation beds for children who suffer from drug addiction. Overall, she is just a great asset to the office and the juvenile community in San Bernardino.

Within the office, Sandy has been a mentor for the newer attorneys in the office. She is always available to answer questions, advise on cases and challenge attorneys to do better in their representation of children. She is also the lead attorney in all of our juvenile specialty courts, Drug Court, 241 committee, CITA court, to name a few. Her professional demeanor and presentation is respected by the court, her peers, opposing counsel, and most of all, by the children she serves.

 

Children’s Network to hold interactive child abuse prevention discussion

children's networkThe Children’s Network is inviting those who work with children to come together to discuss ways to address child abuse during an interactive, web-based discussion “Connect to Protect: Preventing Child Abuse and Exploitation” on Tuesday, April 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The Google+ Hangout format discussion will explore the effects of child maltreatment and how to prevent child abuse and exploitation in communities. Panelists for the discussion include Dr. Amy Young, a pediatrician with Children’s Assessment Center; Anne-Michelle Ellis, Coordinator of the San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation and Dr. Kiti Randall, a pediatric neurodevelopmental psychologist.

It will be the first time Children’s Network hosts a Google+ Hangout event. The goal is to engage child and family-serving agencies in the County, community organizations and family resource centers. Anyone who works with children is invited to register for the free web discussion including parents, caregivers, foster parents, and members of the community.

To register for the free online event and to post questions in advance for the panelists, visit http://bit.ly/1rYYdJA. If one does not have a Google account or is unable to create one, the discussion may be watched live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXByFFqkGuo.

“The purpose of this interactive Google+ Hangout is to discuss how child abuse and exploitation impacts a child throughout their lifespan, and how to identify and respond to suspected child maltreatment,” Amy Cousineau, Children’s Network Officer. “In addition, our aim is to educate a wide variety of stakeholders, thus increasing the safety and well-being of our children.   We hope that by using this new media, Children’s Network will be able to deliver a message about positive child development in a way that engages our community at-large.”

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for

“children at risk” who because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

Children’s Network Mentoring Task Force sponsors 3rd Annual Spring Jam

fun in the sunThe Children’s Network Mentoring Task Force of San Bernardino County is sponsoring “Spring Jam” at Fiesta Village Family Fun Park, 1405 E. Washington St. in Colton, Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The exclusive event is open to San Bernardino County’s at-risk, system-involved and homeless youth in 6th-9th grades. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited.

Spring Jam attendees will connect with adult mentors to learn about the benefits and impact that establishing a mentor relationship can have, as well as address any issues, fears or concerns the system-involved youth may face.  Youth will have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor in their local area at the end of the event.

Activities will include a team-building scavenger hunt, games, music, an all-you-can-eat buffet and full access to the park’s various attractions like laser tag, go-cart racing, miniature golf and more.

Spring Jam, ‘A Day of Mentoring,’ at the Fiesta Village Family Fun Park, according to Associate Children’s Network Officer Kathy Turnbull, is designed to be a day of fun to introduce system-involved youth to the concept of mentoring.”  Many of this year’s participating mentors are formerly system-involved themselves, including youth from T.A.Y. (Transitional Age Youth) and I.Y.R.T. (Interagency Youth Resiliency Team) who can relate well to the youth and attest to the benefits of having a mentor.

“Last year’s Spring Jam was a big success with nearly 200 youth in attendance,” said Turnbull.  “Many mentoring matches were made as a result.  We are looking forward to the same wonderful experience and outcomes this year.”

Some of the participating agencies on the Mentoring Task-Force are Probation, Children and Family Services, EMQ, Valley Star, Public Defender’s Office, C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Department of Behavioral Health T.A.Y., the District Attorney’s Office and other community-based and county child-serving departments.  Task Force members will be on hand to facilitate mentoring partnerships.

Parents and caregivers seeking information on positive role models for their children will have an opportunity to talk with organizations that provide mentoring relationships. For more information on the Task Force or to register for Spring Jam, contact Brandy Nelson, Mentoring Resource Coordinator at (909) 383-9685.

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for “children at risk” who because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life for their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

Youth mentors celebrated by the Children’s Network

Youth Action ProjectThe Children’s Network Mentoring Task Force recognized eleven agencies for their service to our youth in San Bernardino County during an awards presentation on Saturday, January 25 at the Steelworkers’ Auditorium in Fontana.

The following agencies and organizations were recognized during the event:

  • Association of Black Correctional Workers
  • Loma Linda Community Academic Partners in Service
  • Youth Action Project
  • Revolution Youth Advocates
  • Womens Leadership Council- Next Step Mentoring Program
  • Project Graduate
  • San Bernardino County Probation Department High Desert Juvenile Detention Assessment Center Male Mentoring Group
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Fontana Mayor Youth Advisory Council
  • Department of Behavioral Health Inter Agency Youth Resiliency Team
  • Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation
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