Children are our greatest resource, but they are also our most vulnerable. The Board of Supervisors is uniquely positioned to lead in the fight to protect children and provide the supports they need to thrive.
We can do this in these specific ways:
- We must work to reduce the number of children in the juvenile justice system and make sure that our programs stay focused on rehabilitation and not punishment. We have great workers in our system and we need to be sure we provide them with all the tools they need to help struggling youth.
- We must dedicate ourselves to food security for children and their families. In an area of plenty no child should have to wonder where the next meal is coming from.
- We must increase access to physical and mental healthcare resources for children and their families.
- We must provide funding for parenting classes and supports for parents who may not yet be ready for the challenges of parenthood.