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Healthy Kids Executive Director addresses Bristol Lions 03/30/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Foundation President Brendan Donegan presents a check to Healthy Kids Executive Director Leslie Livingston after her informative talk. (Photo courtesy Michael Hope)

On Monday, March 19, Healthy Kids Executive Director Leslie Livingston explained their various programs to the Bristol Area Lions Club.  

Healthy Kids, with state funding, began serving Lincoln County in 1985 as the Lincoln County Child Abuse and Neglected Council.  State legislation required there be a council in every county. State funding was discontinued to all councils in the early 2000’s causing all, but 4 county’s councils to dissolve their 501c(3) statuses. Healthy Kids was one of the four councils who continued as its own non-profit with a diverse funding base.  Today, the 501c(3) organization’s annual budget is approximately $185,000 and has one state funded grant for $36,000 from the Maine Children’s Trust. The balance of the budget is raised by donations from United Way, members of the community, and fundraising including the upcoming Healthy Kids Chocolate Fest to be held at the 1812 Farm in Bristol on Saturday, April 7 from 7-10 p.m.  

Healthy Kids is the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Lincoln County.  It is a community-based family and professional network offering support and educational outreach, to enhance and improve the lives of children and parents in Lincoln County. They provide a wide variety of programs designed to help parents, caregivers and professionals in raising emotionally, physically and cognitively healthy children. 

Healthy Kids provides individualized parenting support to any family in Lincoln County through our home visitation program.  There are no restrictions on the number of children in the family, when one has to enroll, or children’s ages.  Parents may learn about child development, brain development, cognitive and emotional growth, explore discipline strategies, communication techniques.  Parent ask questions and get connected to other resources.  

The many varied programs range from playgroups and coffee talk for parents to programs with dads to be a nurturing father, extending to prison visits to teach inmates to be the real father they never had. Health classes are held at all 4 Lincoln County high schools where teens learn basic infant care, how to deal with a crying baby and Shaken Baby Syndrome, and how drugs and alcohol affect babies. 

One can assist children in their community with a check to: Healthy Kids, P.O. Box 689, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  

The next Bristol Area Lions Club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 2 at the Deb’s Bristol Diner in Bristol Mills. The guest speaker will be Bristol resident Haley Bezon Director of Hearty Roots. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584. 

 

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