April 2013 Newsletter

April’s Offline Happenings!

Alcohol Awareness Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 7:00 – 8:00  p.m.
Mayor’s Youth Commission Executive Council

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

April 1, 4:00 p.m.
Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

City Hall, 405 6th Street
Sioux City, Iowa

April 4, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board/SPF SIG Committee

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

April 4, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
SP400 Criminal, Negligence or Accident
Working together toward the correct conclusion in Child Death and Severe Trauma Cases

To register: http://servicetraining.hs.iastate.edu/ or contact
Mary Jo Beckman at mbeckma@dhs.state.ia.us or call

Sioux City Convention Center, 801 Fourth Street
Sioux City, Iowa

April 5, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Protecting Families Spring Conference

To register:  Mercy Medical Center’s Education Department (712) 279-2507 or email schlessr@mercyhealth.com
Sioux City Convention Center, 801 Fourth Street
Sioux City, Iowa

April 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Addiction Medicine Conference

To register:  Contact Jackson Recovery Centers, cstinger@jacksonrecovery.com or 712-234-2308
St. Luke’s Auditorium
Sioux City, Iowa

April 13, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Held on Saturdays:   May 11, June 15, July 20, Aug 24, Sept 14, Oct 19, Dec 7
Boot Camp for New Dads
Leiter Room, Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa
Pre-registration required by e-mailing schlessr@mercyhealth.com or call 712-279-2507

April 15, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mayor’s  Youth Commission Meeting

City Hall, 405 6th Street
Sioux City, Iowa

April 17, 7:00 p.m.
Sioux City Police Department Town Hall Meeting

Sioux City Museum, 607 4th Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland CARES wishes to give special thanks to our five-year employee, Gay Larson.  Gay has resigned to take a full time position with the Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, Arizona.  Gay was a wonderful and dedicated employee.  We will truly miss her.  Thanks, Gay!  Best wishes always!

MYTH:  Teenagers are too young to get addicted.
FACT:   Addiction can happen at any age.  Even unborn babies can get addicted because of their mother’s drug use.

Source:  www.relevancyinc.com


April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous—both to themselves and to society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors.
Did you know?

  • Annually, over 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related injuries and thousands more are injured.
  • Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.
  • Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink.
  • Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
  • More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries.
  • 25% of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.
  • Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually.
 Information provided by NCADD at www.ncadd.org.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

  • Be a nurturing parent.  Help a friend, neighbor or relative by offering a helping hand.
  • Most adults want very much to be good parents, but parenting is often a difficult task.  Asking for help is a sign of good sense.
  •  No matter how tired you get…no matter how angry you are…no matter how frustrated you feel…DO NOT SHAKE THE BABY!

Eckerd Provides Family Safety Risk Program in Iowa

Eckerd is a national, not-for profit, 501(c) (3) organization headquartered in the Tampa Bay Area with over 35 child and adolescent programs operating in six states. Eckerd provides a full continuum of life changing behavioral health, juvenile justice and child welfare services.  Eckerd’s mission to “Provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children and families in need of a second chance,” continues the legacy of Jack and Ruth Eckerd and is the driving force for Eckerd staff and stakeholders.

In Iowa, Eckerd is contracted with the Department of Human Services to provide the Family Safety Risk Program Services, better known as FSRP. Through this contract, Eckerd provides services to families that have come to the attention of the Department of Human Services due to child neglect or abuse. Many of the families it serves are displaced, meaning that children have been removed from the care of their parent(s) due to abuse or other safety risks.  Eckerd works with the family and provides services for reunification.  Such services include, but are not limited to, supervised visitations of parent/caregiver and child(ren), parenting skills, life skills, budgeting, assist in finding informal supports through linking them with community supports and services, and providing ongoing assessments to ensure safety of parties while establishing or accomplishing permanency. Eckerd’s goal is to empower parents so they are able to provide a safe and structured environment for their children within their own home.

 Siouxland Fact 

Many students believe that they must drink alcohol to fit in; however, 81% of students who took the Greater Sioux City Metro Area Youth Survey in 2012 had NOT used alcohol in the past 30 days!  beSomebody and join the other students who don’t use alcohol.

Prom Dates 2013:
Bishop Heelan  April 20
East  May 4
North  May 4
West  May 11
Akron-Westfield  May 4
Dakota Valley  April 27
Elk Point Jefferson  April 20
Gehlen Catholic  April 13
Hinton  April 20
Homer  April 20
Kingsley-Pierson  April 27
Lawton-Bronson  April 20
LeMars Public  May 4
Maple Valley  April 20
Sergeant Bluff  April 27
South Sioux City  April 27
Remsen St. Mary’s  April 20
Remsen Union  April 20
River Valley  April 20
West Monona  April 6
Westwood Sloan  April 20
Whiting  April 27
Woodbury Central  April 6

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