Who We Are
We are people like you who only want the best for our children. We are parents and concerned citizens of all kinds: foster parents, kinship parents, birth parents and grandparents, child welfare professionals, health care providers, attorneys, the juvenile justice community and anyone else that shares our vision.
The Family Support Center of Barry County is a premiere non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening parents and families with the goal of raising strong, safe and healthy children. We aim to prevent child abuse, ensure safety, eliminate all forms of neglect, and provide education and guidance for abused/neglected children and at-risk parents. By reaching deep into the community and collaborating with other agencies that share our mission we’re able to provide a variety of Family-focused services. Without the support of our surrounding communities, board members, local companies and organizations none of this would be possible. For the past three decades, we’ve helped countless children and families find their way to a better, brighter future. With your help, we will continue to provide support for each family through comprehensive education, awareness, and advocacy.
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Mandated Reporters guide and training
The Family Support Center has new Mandated Reporter Guides available. If you are new to mandated reporting or need a refresher the FSC will train someone from your organization about the guide and the required forms for reporting child abuse. Please give our office a call to sign up for a training time. 269-945-5439.
OCTOBER CARSEAT SAFETY MONTH
Car seats, booster seats and seat belts save lives and offer the best protection for children in crashes.
- Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.
- During the 5-year period from 2007 to 2011, 3,661 children were killed in car crashes. In addition, an estimated 634,000 children were injured, more than the population of Boston, Massachusetts.
- Based on U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data in 2011, on average, nearly 2 children under 13 were killed and 338 were injured every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans.
- In 2011, over one third of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts.
Car seats work best when used correctly.
- According to NHTSA, approximately 9,874 children 4 and younger have been saved from 1975 to 2011 by child restraints. Data also shows 8,616 of these children were saved by car seats alone.
- In 2011, among children 4 and younger in cars, an estimated 314 lives were saved by car restraints.
- Car seats reduce the likelihood of an infant being killed by 71 percent and a toddler by 54 percent in a car, and 58 percent and 59 percent for infants and toddlers in SUVs, pickups and vans.
- All 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have laws requiring children to be restrained while riding in cars. Some States now require kids to ride in appropriate car seats or booster seats until age 9.
- Failure to read and carefully follow the installation instructions included with the car seat as well as those in the vehicle owner's manual can lead to incorrect installation, exposing a child passenger to grave risk of serious injury or death in a crash.