Strengthening Families

Our goal: children are free of abuse and neglect.

Our Goal:
2021 Goal

In 2015, there were 1,959 child abuse and neglect cases screened-in for investigation in the tri-county area, involving a total of 3,062 children. Research shows that children who experience repeated abuse and neglect are more likely to have mental health issues and be diagnosed with chronic health problems as adults. By 2021, we aim to help keep our children safe by reducing the number of screened-in cases of child abuse and neglect by 23%. Read more >>

Impact Area Vision Statement

Strong, diverse family units are thriving in a caring community committed to the collaborative development and sharing of resources to improve their lives.

What is this Impact Area focused on?
  • Provide parent education, prevention, intervention and support services to strengthen families and reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect.
  • Develop a coordinated system of formal and informal support services using an evidence-based model of care so older adults and persons with disabilities can live as independently as possible and thrive in the community.
  • Increase job/workforce readiness to strengthen the family's ability to succeed economically.
  • Encourage healthy living for all ages and economic strata to reduce the incidence of chronic disease and disability in later life by improving access to coordinated health care.
Why is this important?

According to the LIFE Study, an assessment of living in the Fox Cities, the community identified youth safety as one of four top issues. One reason for this is the growong incidence of child abuse and neglect. In addition, local families are changing, with more single-parent households. These single income families have higher poverty rates and more challenges in managing the home life. At the same time, the baby boom generation is reaching retirement age and approximately 10,000 people are turning 65 every day for the next 20 years. (Alliance for Aging Research)

What are we doing?

United Way supports programs that give families the necessary tools to succeed, whether young families with children, older adults or persons with disabilities.

What will your gift fund?
  • Programs that promote parenting skills and prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Older adult services
  • Programs that provide adult basic education and English language skills
  • Support services for persons with disabilities