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Safe Kids Safe Streets

In 1997, Lucas County was chosen by the Office of Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, along with four other sites across the country, to receive a five year demonstration grant to launch the Safe Kids Safe Streets (SKSS) Initiative. Safe Kids Safe Streets is a project of the Lucas County Child Abuse Task Force. Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center administers the project. Toledo Children's Hospital serves as the fiscal agent.

The goal of SKSS is to reduce juvenile delinquency through the reduction of child abuse and neglect. Grant resources are used to accomplish the following:

1. Increase collaboration among public and private agencies involved in the prevention and intervention of child abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency.

2. Empower families and include them in the planning, evaluation, and delivery of services.

3. Develop a community-wide system of data collection and information sharing regarding child abuse intervention.

4. Develop systems for demonstrating outcomes of services in the child abuse arena.

5. Enhance services by increasing coordination and sensitivity to the needs of children and families.

6. Increase public education as a strategy to reduce community tolerance of child abuse and increase the willingness of members of the community to report child abuse.

Agencies Collaborating on the Safe Kids Safe Streets initiative include:

Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center
Toledo Children's Hospital
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo
Connecting Point
Family Service of Lucas County
Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Services
Harbor Behavioral Healthcare
Junior League of Greater Toledo
Lagrange Weed and Seed Initiative
Lucas County Children's Services, Toledo
Lucas County Court Appointed Special Advocates
Lucas County Domestic Relations Court
Lucas County Early Childhood Network

Lucas County Family Council
Lucas County Help Me Grow
Lucas County Juvenile Court
Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority
Lucas County MR/DD-EI
Lucas County Prosecutor's Office
Lucas County Sheriff's Office
Mercy Children's Hospital
Toledo/Lucas County Victim Witness-
Toledo Police Department
Toledo Public Schools
Unison Behavioral Health Group
University of Toledo
YWCA Battered Women's Shelter

Safe Kids Safe Streets Newsletter: December 2004

Safe Kids Safe Streets Celebratory Event

Safe Kids Safe Streets Honored by the Toledo Mayor's Office and Toledo City Council

OJJDP Fact Sheet: Lessons Learned from SK/SS

Safe Kids Safe Streets funding is provided by the Office of Justice Programs (Grant # 75346-OH-JS)

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