The case for a place like Jeremiah’s Place
We know that children who are exposed to violence and adverse childhood events during their early childhood are at risk for later mental health disorders, substance abuse problems, as well as common medical illnesses including diabetes and heart disease. It is imperative to start securing a healthy future for our society by preventing instances of trauma in early childhood. Take at look at some interesting statistics about our region:
In 2010, there were over 1500 reports of child abuse in Allegheny County, and 70% of abused children are under the age of 4
Over the past 10 years, more than 400 children have died as a result of child abuse in Pennsylvania.
In addition, over the course of a year, 720 children in Allegheny County under the age of 6 experience homelessness and encounter a homeless shelter or program. However, these shelters are unable to provide care for children while the parents try to find jobs or new housing arrangements.
Furthermore, in a survey of families in the East End, over 60% of caregivers indicated that they have trouble finding child care.
Of these, 14% of caregivers admitted to leaving their children in high-risk situations and 9% of parents indicated that their child was hurt or had big behavioral problems after these situations.