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Summer Signals Possible Neglect For Children

June 11, 2009

Kansas City, MO - Summertime for many kids often involves swimming, baseball and camp. But for some children, it's a time of long days often home alone having to fend for themselves. Missouri Kids First is warning of a potential for a rise in child neglect or abuse as families face rising unemployment and struggle to make ends meet.

Robin Winner, the executive director of Synergy Services in Kansas City, agrees. She says the stress parents face is sometimes unmanageable once the kids are home 24-7, especially when the stress is amplified by money issues. That's why Winner says everyone needs to be a part of the solution to this potential problem.

"It used to be nobody wanted to get involved and they would say that's their business. But, I think all of us have a responsibility if we think there's a way to see what we can do to help."

Maintaining structure to each day helps reduce behavioral issues that pop up when kids are out of the school routine, says Winner. She also advises parents take advantage of free programs for kids, such as the public library's summer reading program.

When children are home for the summer, it can put additional strain on the food budget, she adds, especially for families qualifying for the free or reduced price school lunch and breakfast program.

"When families are confronting unemployment, it can sometimes push people over the edge and they lose their ability to manage the stress."

Food pantries and some school districts offer summer feeding programs to help families stretch their food dollars.

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO