Family Support Council sets open house in May |

Family Support Council sets open house in May

by Cary Jackson

During the month of April, Family Support Council strengthens its effort to increase awareness in the community of the problem of child abuse and neglect. In Douglas County alone, statistics reveal an increase of 15.1 percent. We are no longer a sleepy community where “things like that just don’t happen”!

How many times have we heard, “Children are our future leaders”? When will we begin to invest in this future? We can make a difference, not by doing it all at once, but instead by one person doing one thing at a time.

There are many ways we can increase awareness of child abuse and neglect in our community. Wearing a “blue ribbon” is one of the means available through some of our businesses, schools and, of course, here at Family Support Council.

The council will host an open house on Saturday, April 29, between 10 and 2 p.m., with many activities for the public. The DARE car and canine unit starring Ben from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the East Fork Fire District will all be on hand. Fingerprinting and Polaroid identification for the children will be done by the DCSO Explorers Post, so parents may keep this valuable information as part of their family records. In addition, there will be the Superjump Castle, face painting, popcorn, drinks and more. It’s all free!

Stop by the council office at 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville and see what resources are available and what you can do to join in this community effort – or call the office at 782-8692 for more information.

– Cary Jackson is a parent educator for the Family Support Council of Douglas County.