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Risky Beginnings and Getting a Good Start

Children’s lives are inextricably bound up with the lives of their parents and their caregivers. Adults who engage in risky behaviors may be endangering their children. There are obvious immediate dangers such as being victims of abuse or neglect. But some affects of childhood trauma are long term and life long. The ACE study, the largest-scale study to date of the effects of childhood trauma, indicate that children exposed to domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and other factors show a far greater chance of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Below are links and articles about risky behaviors and where to get help.

Child Abuse and Neglect:

Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a devastating social problem that affects every segment of the population. While system responses are primarily targeted towards adult victims of abuse, increasing attention is now focused on the children who witness domestic violence. Studies estimate that 10 to 20 percent of children are at risk for exposure to domestic violence. Research also indicates children exposed to domestic violence are at an increased risk of being abused or neglected, and that a majority of studies reveal there are adult and child victims in 30 to 60 percent of families who experience domestic violence.

Second Hand Smoke

Second hand smoke is a major cause of children's illness -- yet 85% of adults who smoke and who live with a child do not ensure that the child is not exposed to the smoke from their cigarettes.

Get Help

Call 211, Idaho Careline for information about many programs in Idaho that can help you and your child. Call if you are worried about your child’s development. This is the link for all kinds of helpful services at little or no cost. Or you can check out the following organizations which are among many that provide information and services that support physical and mental health of children and families.