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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Sandra Romero, Thurston County Commissioner at (360) 786-5747
Shelly Willis, Family Education & Support Services Executive Director at (360)754-7629

Hope, Help Just a Phone Call Away for Abused Children, Stressed Parents

OLYMPIA - A recent wave of South Sound court cases involving child abuse and neglect have prompted Thurston County leaders and children's advocates to get the word out that along with help for abused children, there is help for stressed parents in Thurston County who are struggling and are in crisis.

"I think the community is on edge these days with some court cases involving child abuse making headlines recently," said county Commissioner Sandra Romero. "There are educators, doctors, coaches, and parents all wondering--What can I do? Where do I turn for help? The good news is that Thurston County has a network of organizations and really amazing people who are here to help, and they're just a phone call away. We want people to know that when we work together and utilize these resources, we can prevent child abuse in our community."

For Parents:
• Olympia Crisis Clinic 24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-627-2211

• SafePlace 24-Hour Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Hotline: (360) 754-6300 or for TTY call (360) 943-6703

Do you know a child who is being abused? Call the DSHS 24-Hour Hotline: 1-866–END-HARM (1-866-363-4276)

More Child Abuse Prevention Tips & Resources:
• Administration for Children & Families
(U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)
- Child Welfare Information Gateway — http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing

Family Education & Support Services: FREE support groups, parenting classes, and resources for parents such as diapers, clothing and small household supplies.
- www.FamilyESS.org

Keystone Crisis Nursery: Call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- (360) 786-8907 x100 or www.CCACWA.org (Child Care Action Council)

Parent Trust for Washington Children: Family support programs and parenting advice.
- 1-800-932 HOPE (4673) or www.parenttrust.org

For more information about child abuse prevention and family support programs in Thurston County, contact Shelly Willis, Executive Director of Family Education & Support Services or visit www.FamilyESS.org. For a list of these and more emergency services and resources, go to the Thurston County website at www.co.thurston.wa.us and click on "Help Us Prevent Child Abuse."


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3