To any advocate or attorney who works to protect abused children, neglected kids or others at harm, when a foster child or a child with his or her family dies under the watch of family or a state agency or organization tasked with his or her care, that epitomizes a “needless” child death. Three organizations have banded together to highlight and educate people about the worst examples of preventable child deaths – shaken baby syndrome, co-sleeping and drowning.
“These are very tragic situations that are preventable,” said one child services administrator behind the new Tampa Bay area campaign to address preventing the three most common ways kids under 5 are dying in large numbers. Learn more at www.preventneedlessdeaths.com.
“It’s a great time to launch this campaign to get the attention of parents as we approach the summer months, the vacation time. Families are going to be vacationing in hotels at their favorite vacation spot and there’s going to be bodies of water there and children need to be watched closely.”
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The campaign is a collaboration between the Department of Children and Families, the Children’s Board, Eckerd Community Alternatives and the Juvenile Welfare Board. We all can learn from the initiative.