It serves as a reminder that we all have a duty to promote the health and well-being of the children and families in our communities as students across Oregon start the new school year. We help children develop and realize their potential when we work together to support them, ensuring their safety and the fulfillment of their fundamental requirements.
Teachers have a special chance to get to know the kids and families they see on a regular basis since they are required to report cases of child abuse. When a child learns, develop, and interact with friends at school, they are there to share and experience their successes, strengths, and struggles.
By law, educators are expected to report concerns to the Oregon Kid Abuse Hotline by dialing 1-855-503-SAFE if they have reason to believe a child is being abused (7233).
Many Struggling to Meet Basic Needs
But what should a teacher or other loving adult do if they observe a family in need or a youngster in distress but don’t think the child is being abused? Because of COVID-19’s effects and the state’s growing food and housing prices, many families in Oregon are still having difficulty providing for their most basic requirements. Instead of being reported to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline, these families require assistance connecting to the community resources.
According to our research, many people who want to assist and support a kid and their family are unsure how to do so by calling the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline.
Approximately 42,000 calls to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline this year, or nearly 45% of all calls, were not reports of suspected abuse.
These are calls from educators and other community people who are aware that a child and their families may want support if they are going through difficult times like hunger, homelessness, job loss, poverty, or unstable housing.
These calls frequently come to us from people who are unsure of who to turn to for support.
Our communities offer a wide range of support and resources to assist kids and families achieve their needs. Sometimes connecting families to the services they require is the best method to assist the safety and well-being of children and families:
Local Resources In Your Neighbourhood:
- To connect with local resources for food, housing, child care, and other supports in your neighborhood, call 2-1-1 or text your ZIP code to 898-211.
- Families with young children can find information and help from Parenting Now at ParentingNow.org or by calling 541-484-5316.
- Support everyone in Lane County who serves as a parent by visiting LaneKids.org or by calling 541-741-6000.
- For more information about the various services and programs offered by Lane County Human Services, visit LaneCounty.org/LaneCountyHumanServices or call 541-682-3798.
- Locate a food local pantry online at foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org.
Supports For Mental And Behavioural Health:
Call or text 9-8-8 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, which is accessible 24/7 through phone, text, or online chat at 988lifeline.org.
Call 1-877-968-8491, text “teen2teen” to 839863, or chat at www.oregonyouthline.org get-help-now to reach the youth hotline.
Call 1-800-923-4357, the 24-hour behavioral health support line for Oregon.
Call 1-888-457-4838 (24/7) or text MIL1 to 839863 to reach the military helpline (Monday through Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.)
Call 1-800-923-4357 (24/7) or text “RecoveryNow” to 839863 to reach the alcohol and drug helpline (Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
There are resources accessible online at https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/equity/SchoolSafety/Pages/Mental-Health-Students-Families-Guidance.aspx to assist educators in providing mental health and social support to children and families.
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